The Municipality of Lezo was recognized at the 6th Regional Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Awards for Competitive Local Government Units, which will be held on November 18, 2022, at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in Iloilo City.
Lezo was ranked first in Western Visayas for government efficiency among 5th and 6th-class municipalities, and third for the most improved LGU (5th to 6th-class municipality).
In addition, Aklan was named the most competitive province in Western Visayas, with six other towns receiving recognition, including Kalibo, Malay, Tangalan, Ibajay, Nabas, and Makato.
The event was a gathering of local chief executives who were recognized for their outstanding performance in the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry’s 2022 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey (DTI).
The rankings are based on how well the local government performed in four areas: economic growth, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resilience.
The CMCI is an annual ranking of local government units developed by the National Competitiveness Council in collaboration with the Regional Competitiveness Committees and the US Agency for International Development.
The population and income-weighted average of the overall scores of cities and municipalities within a province is used to determine provincial rankings.
The award serves to continually inspire local governments to improve their operations systems and databases, which will allow them to track their level of competitiveness in comparison to their peers. Investors consider being recognized as a competitive LGU when looking for sites for their projects or business ventures. (By Ernan T. Baldomero)