Muntinlupa City is this year’s Top 10 Most Competitive City among Highly Urbanized Cities in the country and a recipient of Resilience Award (HUC, 3rd place) in the 6th Regional Competitiveness Summit last August 16 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.
Annually, the Department of Trade and Industry through the National Competitiveness Council conducts the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index which ranks local government units in the country on four convergent pillars namely Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resilience.
Muntinlupa City was adjudged as Rank 3 for the Resilience pillar next to Davao City as 2nd Place and Cagayan de Oro as 1st Place.
The city’s overall ranking improved from Rank 12 in 2017 to Rank 10 in 2018 and advanced in the Infrastructure pillar from 17th last 2017 to 12th on 2018. Last year, Muntinlupa received an award on Government Efficiency.
The 2018 Overall Top 3 Most Competitive Cities were Quezon City (Metro Manila), Manila City, and Pasay City; while the Overall Top 3 Most Competitive Provinces were Rizal, Laguna, and Davao del Norte.
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and other local officials attended the Competitiveness Summit and received the citation. The local exec thanked the DTI and NCC for the award and said that it will serve as an inspiration to bring better and more efficient services in the city.
Fresnedi attributed the Resilience award to the local government’s thrust in acquisition of disaster risk response (DRR) equipment, mainstreaming of DRR training, citywide and community-based basic life support workshops, among other initiatives.
Recently, Muntinlupa LGU hosted an expo and demo of equipment for Disaster Risk Reduction Management together with local BFP and other emergency response team partners. Vehicles and equipment for extrication activities, search and rescue for collapsed structures, firefighting efforts, and other operations were showcased in the event.
The city is a staunch advocate of disaster resilience as it targets to train all Muntinlupa residents with Basic Life Support and disaster management trainings. On July, around 700 volunteers from local communities and the private sector attended a Simultaneous Mass Demo of Hands Only CPR at Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Brgy. Tunasan.