The Department of Trade & Industry - RO2 held a survey on the competitiveness index of 28 cities and municipalities in Region 02 which were pre-identified by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). The Survey was commissioned by the NCC to map-out and assess the competitiveness ranking of 500 cities and municipalities nationwide.

The municipalities of Kayapa, Aritao and Diadi became the first partners of the Department of Trade & Industry Region 02 in the implementation of its I-MOVERS Project in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya.