On the 14th of July 2016, Thursday, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) held the 4thAnnual Regional Competitiveness Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center to award the Most Competitive Cities and Municipalities of last year. Results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2016 was the highlight of the summit, wherein 1,389 Local Government Units (LGU) across the country, 144 of which are cities and 1,245 are municipalities, were ranked based on their performance on three pillars namely Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Cities and municipalities were divided into four categories: (1) 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, (2) 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, (3) Component Cities, and (4) Highly Urbanized Cities (http://www.competitive.org.ph/events/1290#sthash.kKaayfPA.dpuf).
The Municipality of Infanta, which belonged to the 3rd – 6th Class Municipalities Category, was hailed 1st place under Infrastructure of the three pillars mentioned above, while placing 5th in Economic Dynamism and 69thin Government efficiency. Due to the high rankings in the first two pillars, this Municipality emerged as 1st place in the Overall Competitiveness award, a rewarding result of the joint relentless efforts of all the departments of the LGU to continue to improve its services to its constituents.
Headed by the Mayor’s Office - Business Permit and Licensing Section, this is the third time of Infanta to join in the CMCI. Last year in its second try, this Municipality placed3rd in Infrastructure, and 3rdin the Overall Competitiveness award.