The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) continues to gear its way up towards competitiveness through the 2016 project “Championing Cordillera Region’s Competitiveness.”

This project aims to empower the local government units (LGUs) in CAR while the region is pursuing regional autonomy. It enables the LGUs to determine their standing in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).

The CICM was created by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) to inspire the LGUs to continually improve their competitiveness.A higher ranking in the CMCI indicates the ability to attract investments to generate consistent growth in the economy, local and regional.

Criteria for the said recognition are crafted based on the following: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.

Last year’s recognition awards named the municipalities of Bangued, Tuba, and La Trinidad as the top 3 winners, under the 1st and 2nd class category. For the 3rd– 6thclass category, Alfonso Listawas the lead, followed by Buguias and Lagawe.

The award on component City was given to Tabuk City while Baguio was awarded for Highly Urbanized City and the Province of Benguet as the Top Performing Province.

Special Awards were also given to Bontoc for Best in Documentation, Lagawe for Early Bird LGU, La Trinidad as the Most Engaged LGU and Baguio City as the Most Engaged LGU.

Ms. Josephine Daliyong of DTI- Kalinga was recognized as the Best CMCI Point person.

This year’s recognition aims to entice the remaining 32 non- CMCI awardee to qualify in the CMCI Survey to be conducted from February to June and to be awarded by the end of 2016.

Now on its second year, the project is implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) CAR and partially funded by the Regional Development Council (RDC- CAR) through its Social Preparation of CAR for an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) program under its Capability Building thrust.



Maridel P. Langbis, SPCAR