BAGUIO CITY, April 14 (PIA) - - Representatives from concerned private sector, government, and civil society in the Cordillera region converged through an online two-day regional competitive consultation for the crafting of a regional competitive roadmap for the next five years.
The consultation was aimed at engaging the private sector, government, and civil society in a dialogue towards achieving regional competitiveness anchored on the pillars on economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, resiliency, and innovation.
The five pillars which now include innovation are the measures considered in the yearly ranking of cities and municipalities competitive index (CMCI) such that competitiveness is focused on the idea of productivity.
In the draft roadmap, the participants positioned the region in the succeeding five years to be robust and would be exporting its agricultural and manufacturing industry and tourism industry that is competent, safe, sustainable and culture-based with the identified deliverables per pillar under the CMCI.
Department of Trade and Industry - Cordillera Regional Director Myrna Pablo had presented the competitiveness performance of the region, which she described as notable even with the least contribution in the national economy and despite it being physically challenged in terms of its poor road infrastructure attributed to its unique terrain.
Pablo cited the local government units in the top three CMCI rankings at the national level for the past four years from 2017 to 2020. Lamut in Ifugao ranked first in resiliency in 2018 while second in the overall ranking in 2018. Bauko in Mountain Province ranked second consecutively in 2017 and 2018 under government efficiency. La Trinidad in Benguet ranked second in economic dynamism in 2020. Alfonso Lista in Ifugao ranked third in economic dynamism in 2019.
"As to the general picture of the region's performance, Cordillera performed a little better in government efficiency and economic dynamism but needs to improve in infrastructure and resiliency," said Pablo.
Based on the results, Pablo concluded the need for the region to address issues on transportation, roads, communication, technology-readiness, internet connectivity and disaster preparedness to improve on infrastructure and resiliency.
She likewise underscored the need to enhance size and growth of local economy, capacity to generate employment, cost of doing business, productivity, capacity of schools and health services to enhance government efficiency and economic dynamism.
Further, the region needs to start focusing on research, development and innovation, encourage starts-ups, increase number of e-payment facilities and increase intellectual property office registrations to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in preparation for the fifth pillar which is now innovation.
The Cordillera Regional Competitiveness Program Council (RCPC) composed of identified sectoral representatives was created to take ownership of the competitive roadmap side by side with the Regional Competitiveness Council, the Regional Development Council, and other regional and local government units .The RCPC functions as an advisory and advocacy checks to the RCC and other relevant public institutions as to accountability of the roadmap deliverables.
The CAR regional consultation on April 7-8, 2021 was organized and facilitated by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) together with the DTI, and the University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation Inc (UPPAF) - Regulatory Support Program for National Development (RESPOND). (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR)