The ranking of Calapan City in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) of the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines rose significantly for the years 2016-2017. Becuase of this, Calapan City was recognized as one of the Three Most Improved Cities in Competitiveness in the Philippines in ceremonies held recently at the Philippine International Convention Center.

City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan received the award of recognition from the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Mayor Panaligan was accompanied at the awarding rites at the PICC by Vice Mayor Gil Remirez, City Councilors Lorybelle Tanyag, Fay Ilano, Marian Brucal and Charlton Valencia together with department heads led by City Administrator Atty. Adel C. Abas and Acting City Planning and Development Officer EnP. Joey Benter, also the concurrent City Trade and Industry Officer.

Calapan City also received an award for being the Number 2 Most Competitive Component City in Resilience  in recognition of the outstanding programs of the City Government in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

Every year, the National Competitive Council of the Philippines ranks cities and municipalities in the country that achieved high competitiveness ratings based on the following criteria: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency. Local governments are categorized for purposes of competitiveness ranking into Highly Urbanized Cities, Component and Independent Component Cities and 1st class to 3rd class and 4th class to 6th class Municipalities.

Calapan City was included in the Component and Independent  Component Cities category where it competed with bigger and more affluent cities such as Antipolo, Tagum, Naga and Batangas.

According to City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, the high competitiveness ranking of Calapan City validates its rapid growth in recent years and attests to the vibrancy of the city’s local economy. It is also a recognition of the best programs and practices of the administration of Mayor Panaligan in collaboration with the Sangguniang Panglungsod headed by Vice Mayor Gil Remirez.

Mayor Panaligan also believe that as one of the most competitive cities in the country, Calapan City will become more attractive as an investment destination. In 2014, also under the leadership of Mayor Panaligan, Calapan City received the Hall of Fame Award for being the most business friendly city in the Philippines from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Mayor Panaligan thanked the City Government departments and the private sector that made significant contributions in making Calapan City as one of the Most Competitive City nationwide. According to him, the recognition that Calapan City received will further motivate his administration to push programs and projects that will pave the way to a more progressive and economically vibrant city.

By: City Government of Calapan – CIO