TACLOBAN CITY– The city of Maasin has bagged the 3rd place award for the Most Improved Local Government Unit (LGU) under the component city category at the recently held 10th Cities and Municipalities Summit 2022.

The award was received by Mayor Nacional Mercado during a ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), CCP Complex, in Pasay City last Oct.20.
“Truly grateful to represent Maasin City and to be invited once again to the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Summit, organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI),” he said.

Out of 113 component cities and despite the many challenges Maasin City underwent in the past years, Maasin received 3rd place as Most Improved Component City in terms of tax collection, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Maasin City.

Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual maintained that CMCI “is constantly evolving to be a timely and relevant indicator of local competitiveness.”

“Along with the distress brought about by the pandemic, opportunities have paved the way for innovation. As we rise and recover from the pandemic destructions, we are pursuing continuous improvement for local competitiveness. We will go town by town, city by city, province by province, and region by region, in ensuring that no one is left behind,” Pascual said during the event.

CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities that measures their performance on five pillars: economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, resiliency, and innovation.

Each pillar contains indicators that provide a detailed view of the economic status of the cities and municipalities.