The Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) – 02, in its desire to maintain the credibility of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Survey, sat together to validate the data submitted by the Local Government Units (LGUs) for the 2018 CMCI Survey.

Held on May 10-11, 2018 at the NERBAC Conference Room, DTI Regional Office No. 02, Tuguegarao City, the validation of the Local Data Capture Sheets (LDCS) aimed to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the data submitted. The RCC Technical Working Group (TWG) checked the data vis-à-vis data submitted by the LGUs in previous years and those generated from various Regional Line Agencies.

In his opening message, DTI OIC RD Ruben B. Diciano stressed the importance of institutionalizing the CMCI validation process. He said that “through the process, we shall be able to gauge the receptiveness of the LGUs to the Survey which, after all, is designed for them to improve their competitiveness, and to see how well they performed in terms of data generation.” Prior to the conduct of the Survey this year, the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) were urged through a joint memorandum to designate a TWG to accomplish the LDCS. Previous validations showed some outliers in the data submitted and for the 2017 CMCI Survey, the completion rate of municipalities recorded 74.69%.

Mr. Charles Irvin P. Tagarino, CMCI Program Officer, provided an overview of the 2018 CMCI Survey and discussed the data validation mechanics provided by the National Competitiveness Council.

In closing, DC Mary Ann C. Dy thanked the TWG members for their usual cooperation and support to the activities of the RCC. She also noted that their comments and observations as a result of the validation will be transmitted to the concerned LGUs for their information and appropriate action.

The TWG is composed of the Regional Offices of DTI, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and academe represented by the Cagayan State University (CSU).

The CMCI Survey is an annual ranking of Philippine Cities and Municipalities based on a framework that integrates the four pillars of local competitiveness: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.