The Municipality of Baliwag was conferred the recognition by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 3 as the 9th Most Competitive Municipality, Rank 2 in Infrastructure Indicator and Rank 10 in Government Efficiency Pillar based from the Cities/Municipalities Competitiveness Index at The Orchid Gardens, City of San Fernando on December 7, 2018.
Present during the ceremony to receive the awards on behalf of the LGU were Municipal Administrator Enrique V. Tagle together with LEIPO Karen Joy R. Rivera, MDDRMO Head Alvin Lee Asuro, NutriPop Head Brenda Bernardo and Project Officer Clarinda Guanzon. The said event was led by DTI Provincial Director Judith P. Angeles and Assistant Provincial Director Zorina Aldana. The keynote speaker for the awarding ceremony was Mr. Guillermo Luz, former co-chair of the National Competitiveness Council.
The CMCI is an annual ranking of the country’s cities and municipalities developed by the NCC through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Cities and Municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on their overall score which is the sum of all the scores of the four main indicators. These four main pillars are the Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency which pool data from other sub-indicators. Based from the index, the higher the score of the city or municipality the more competitive it is.
It can be recalled that Baliwag was awarded the 3rd Most Improved Municipality in 2017 for its rank jumped from 960th in 2016 to 47th the next year. For 2018, the business-friendly town ranks 9th among the more than 1400 Municipalities in the Philippines making it the Most Competitive First Class Municipality in Bulacan and also in the entire Central Luzon.
“In behalf of LGU Baliwag and Mayor Ferdie V. Estrella, we wish to thank all the diligent men and women who always give serbisyong may malasakit and made this great milestone be achieved. Our rankings for the past two years under this administration truly serve an inspiration for everyone of us to continue implement more projects and programs to give more than what Baliwagenyos deserve,” said by MA Tagle.
“Next in pipeline is the opening of the Baliwag Business Center which is a co-location of all departments of the municipality having business related transactions, utility companies and also national agencies. It will serve as a Business One-Stop Shop providing streamlined processes in getting clearances and permits,” he added.
Last August 16 during the 6th Regional Competitiveness Summit at the PICC, Mayor FVE received the award of Baliwag being the top 2 in Infrastructure for 1st and 2nd Class Municipalities Category based also on the CMCI given by the DTI – Competitiveness and Ease of Doing Business Group.