With the goal of clinching the top spot in this year’s national competitiveness index ranking, the Cebu Investments and Promotions Office partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 in conducting the first Focal Persons forum last Tuesday at the Capitol building.
The forum, attended by representatives from local government units (LGUs) of the province, centered on the areas in the competitiveness index that LGUs need improvements.
In measuring the performance of LGUs, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) gives three criteria: economic dynamism, infrastructure and governance.
A research team from the University of San Carlos (USC) and the promotion division chief of DTI -7 were the resource speakers.
“The LGUs are very cooperative. The only problem that they encountered right now is gathering the specific data particularly on infrastructures and completing them before the April 8 deadline,” said Corazon Anzano, chair of the University of San Carlos Economics Department and head of the research team tasked to conduct assessments on the LGUs.
Minerva Yap of DTI-7 shared the same observation on the problem of poor data gathering by LGUs.
Last year, Cebu Province and Cebu City ranked third in the competitiveness index in their respective categories in the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit.
To improve the performance of LGUs on the NCC’s three indicators, Yap gave several pointers: promote transparency which leads to competitiveness, maintain teamwork, enable and institutionalize change and reform for the long run, among others.
Representatives from 28 municipalities and seven cities joined the forum. Regional offices of government agencies, including the Department of Labor, Department of Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Statistics Authority and Philippine National Police, also participated in the event.