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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Competitiveness Bureau recently conducted the “1st Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) National Academic Symposium” on 15 October 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

Carrying the theme “CMCI: Building Blocks for National Competitiveness”, the activity aimed to present research studies that utilized the latest CMCI data, and to discuss issues and policy recommendations raised by the ten (10) finalists of the symposium. The identified issues and recommendations can be used as a basis for the crafting of appropriate programs and policies to improve national and local competitiveness.                                        

The top ten (10) researches were subjected to a rigorous panel discussion to critique their studies and to identify the top three (3). The panel included former National Competiveness Council Co-Chairperson Guillermo “Bill” Luz, University of the Philippines’ Dr. Orly Mercado, Philippine Economics Society’s Dr. Lawrence B. Dacuycuy, Philippine Institute for Development Studies’ Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto, and other esteemed academicians.

Bagging the “Best Research Paper Award” is a collaborative work of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) and DTI Region 02 entitled “Do Cities Compete? An Analysis of the Philippine Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index”.

In a message, Dr. Roberto C. Pagulayan, AUF and DTI Region 02 team leader, said that “the recently concluded 2019 DTI – CMCI Academic Symposium is a clear indication of the willingness of the academic sector to contribute their research skills in the analysis of local CMCI data sets.” He added that “this endeavour would strengthen the tripartite partnership among LGU – DTI – Academe towards an analysis-based planning for the competitiveness roadmap of the LGUs”.

Moreover, the research of EnP Charles Irvin P. Tagarino, DTI STIDS, and EnP Charmaine Irenea P. Tagarino entitled “Competitiveness and Compliance to Government Standards of LGUs in the Cagayan Valley Region: Bridging Gaps, Eliminating Barriers, Ensuring Strong and Competitive Region 02”, also represented Region 02 as a finalist during the academic symposium.

“The CMCI Academic Symposium only reiterates the importance of research in planning for an LGU’s development”, EnP Charmaine Tagarino said. She added that “it is important to note that cooperation, collaboration, and public participation as keys to achieve a competitive LGU”.

In closing, Mr. Luz said that it is important to study the positive and negative correlations that we cannot see in CMCI.  “Policies must be backed-up with data”, he added.