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Cotabato City lands on 2nd top spot in most competitive cities

20931036_1747901251904825_179535257_oEfforts to enhance governance and to invite more investors to come to Cotabato City pay off as it lands on the 2nd spot in terms of Government Efficiency during the recently conducted Most Competitive Cities and Municipalities awarding ceremony.

The awarding was held during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit, spearheaded by the National Competitiveness Council, wherein local government units are encouraged to provide better services to its constituents through easier and more convenient transactions with the government. It especially emphasized on the need to make governments “business friendly” in order to entice more investors explore their potentials.

The Most Competitive Cities and Municipalities awards are categorized depending on the classification of the city, municipality, and province. It has four pillars: Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, Economic Dynamism, and Resiliency. It also recognizes the overall competitiveness of LGUs.

Cotabato City ranked 2nd in the pillar of Government Efficiency, going ahead of Antipolo City with Naga City getting first place in the component cities category. More than one thousand LGUs in the whole country participated in the said competition.

No other than City Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi received the award, with the full attendance and support of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Graham Nazer Dumama.

“It is truly a proud moment for all Cotabateños that out of the hundreds of component cities in the country, we are at the second top spot. We are thankful to our constituents for helping us promote good governance and ultimately transforming our city into a peaceful and progressive one”, Mayor Guiani-Sayadi said.

Aside from the being top 2 in the Government Efficiency Category, Cotabato City has also landed on the 9th spot in the overall competitiveness category.

In a press interview after the awarding, the lady mayor has expressed the hardship that the city government had endured during the evaluation process for the award. She said every document presented was meticulously inspected for its accuracy and truthfulness. Several documents and other requirements were submitted to the different levels of evaluating teams and have passed through careful assessment.

But despite this, she was already confident that the city can make it with the many improvements that it has undergone during the past year. Proof of this is the mushrooming of commercial establishments and other service providers in the city. Peace and order has also advanced further with the collaborative efforts of the city’s LGU, the barangay force multipliers, the Task Force Kutawato, the city police, and other law enforcing agencies to curb the crime rate and provide an environment that is conducive for investments to flourish.

The annual awarding of the most competitive cities and municipalities in the country is an activity of the National Competitiveness Council, a non-profit organization that is comprised of both government and private agencies that aim to promote a more competitive and investment friendly Philippines.

Cotabato City, in the last three years, has received several citations to include the Good Financial Housekeeping and the Most Child-Friendly City presidential award.

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