KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato Province, Jan. 27-- The City of Kidapawan emerged as third among the most competitive component cities in Mindanao based on the ranking of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) for 2020.
Kidapawan City ranked fifth in 2019 and rose two ranks after it successfully met the four pillars for competitiveness namely Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.
"Our data speaks for itself and we are more than happy the CMCI has recognized our efforts and our commitment to make Kidapawan City a more livable place," said Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista.
He also noted that the ranking attained by Kidapawan City is attributed to the strong partnership with different stakeholders and their continued support to all the programs and projects of his administration.
The mayor also highlighted the sacrifices of the city last year as many constituents took a toll from the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic but this did not hinder Kidapawenos to unite even more and work hand in hand with the City Government.
Meanwhile, other component cities which made it to the Top 10 ranking of the CMCI in Mindanao include: Tagum, rank 1; Cotabato, rank 2; Panabo, rank 4; Pagadian, rank 5; Dipolog, rank 6; Koronadal, rank 7; Gingoog, rank 8; Surigao, rank 9; and Malaybalay, rank 10.
The CMCI is a yearly endeavor by both government and private entities which aims to promote a more competitive country and instill excellence among cities and towns while strengthening collaboration and reduce poverty through inclusive growth. (AJPME/JSCJ-CIO Kidapawan City LGU)