Davao City was awarded the Third Most Competitive City in the Highly-Urbanized category during the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index Awards held in conjunction with the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on August 16, 2017.

The city was ranked behind Quezon City and Manila, and is the only highly-urbanized city outside of Metro Manila to be included in the Top 3 list.

Davao City consistently ranked fifth for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016.

The recognition as a competitive city demonstrated Davao City’s business-friendly environment – how the city integrates innovation and technology in its policies and processes in serving investors, tourists, and the public.

The award, given by the National Competitiveness Council, gives recognition to different local government units in the country that show exemplary performance in the four pillars of the competitiveness index: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.

For 2017, Davao City claimed the top spot in the Resiliency pillar. This is the first year that an LGUs resiliency was included in the index, which highlights the city’s ability to stand tall and strong amidst challenges and difficulties.

The city also showed an improved ranking in the pillars of Economic Dynamism and Infrastructure, bagging the fourth and third spot respectively.

Davao City, meanwhile, ranked fifth in Government Efficiency pillar.

The cities and municipalities competitiveness index measures a local government unit’s competitiveness and presents an opportunity for local governments to better understand their performance against global standards. This also gives an avenue for them to come up with well-informed decisions towards becoming a more competitive LGU.

The awards ceremony also recognized competitive 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, and Component Cities. This year, there were more than 1,500 LGUs, which participated in the initiative. CIO