Davao City has bumped off Makati City from the top three spots among the country’s most competitive highly urbanized cities (HUC), according to the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. President Rodrigo Duterte’s home turf placed third behind Quezon City, also the 2016 top notcher, and Manila in the annual rankings developed by the National Competitiveness Committee (NCC) with technical assistance from the United States Agency for International Development. In announcing its 2017 selections on Wednesday, the NCC said Davao fared better than perennial top-three city Makati based on the overall competitiveness scores. The index is the sum of the scores in economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Antipolo City topped the competitiveness index for component cities, followed by Naga City and Tagum City in Davao del Norte. Three Rizal towns occupied the top three among the most competitive first and second class municipalities, with Cainta placing first followed by Taytay and Angono. Rizal is the overall most competitive province in the 2017 index, followed by South Cotabato and Cavite in that order.