Marikina moves four notches up from its previous rank in the most competitive city ranking, and currently holds the top five spot in the said competition.
The recognition was given by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Philippines as the city moves higher in the ranks next to giants Davao (4th), Naga (3rd), Cagayan De Oro (2nd), and Makati (1st).
The ranking is based on local governments’ competitiveness in three equally weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.
With this new award, Marikina Mayor De Guzman expressed his gratitude to everyone who worked for the effective implementation of city programs and projects but likewise reminded them not to be complacent.
“We are honored and grateful that our concerted effort and its by-product are recognized. I thank everyone for their hard work and valuable contributions in the name of sincere public service. Although we have moved four notches up the ranks despite the increased number of contenders this year, we must not rest on our laurels. Let us continue to work harder and serve better for a more competitive Marikina,” De Guzman said.
In 2013, 122 cities and 163 municipalities joined the competition. This year, contenders increased to 136 cities and 399 municipalities.
According to the NCC Philippines, Marikina garnered an overall score of 45.46.
The city also ranked 3rd in infrastructure next to Cagayan De Oro (Misamis Oriental) and Davao (Davao del Sur).