Bulacan soars to 8th place as Most Competitive Province, Baliwag bags more awards

CITY OF MALOLOS – The Provincial Government of Bulacan is the only province in Central Luzon that secured a spot in Top 10 Most Competitive Province as a testament to its commitment to progress and dedication to good governance same with Baliwag City during the 10th Cities and Municipalities Competitive Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City last Thursday.
Provincial Public Affairs Office (PPAO) head Katrina Anne Balingit said the Province of Bulacan rose to 8th place as one of the Most Competitive Province in the 2023 Philippine Competitiveness Ranking conferred by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The province is among the 103 cities, municipalities and provinces who were awarded top rankings for various categories out of 1,634 participating local government units.
Also, the City of Baliwag garnered different awards including 3rd spot for Overall Most Competitive among 1st to 2nd Class Municiplaities, Top 5 in Infrastructure, Top 6 in Innovation and Top 8 in Resiliency where Mayor Ferdie Estrella personally received the awards.
Meanwhile the Municipality of Santa Maria landed on Top 4 in Infrastructure and Top 6 for Economic Dynamism; Municipality of Marilao on Top 6 in Economic Dynamism; Municipality of Angat on Top 7 for Most Improved 1st to 2nd Class Municipality; and City of Meycauayan on Top 3 for Special Award, Top Intellectual Property Filer.
DTI Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual emphasized the roles of every LGUs in the overall growth and resilience of the country.
“Our cities and communities are the bedrock of our society. It is where on which bedrock, we build the Philippines. They’re the living, breathing embodiments of our competitive spirit, culture and aspirations. Ensuring their flourishing progress in a world in flux is not just a goal; it is a shared duty that binds us all,” Sec. Pascual stated.
In his message, Governor Daniel R. Fernando vowed to strive even more for excellence of the province.
“As Bulacan continues to grow and evolve, it is poised to attract even more investments, create jobs, and provide its residents with an even higher quality of life. With a clear vision for the future and a strong sense of community, Bulacan is set to soar even higher in the years to come, solidifying its place as one of the Philippines’ most competitive and promising provinces,” Fernando said.
The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) is an annual ranking of the cities and municipalities in the Philippines developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) to further boost local competitiveness based on Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, Resiliency and Innovation.