Tagum City—The City Government of Tagum has topped once again the competitiveness index in Davao Region for being hailed as the Overall Most Competitive Component City during the 2nd Regional Competitiveness Awards 2018 held at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Sta. Ana, Davao City last November 7.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Trade and Industry led awards rites gave recognitions for cities and municipalities in Davao region which performed best in the four pillars of competitiveness index, which are Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure Development, and Disaster Resiliency.
In the facets of Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure Development Tagum ranked first among the component cities in Region XI and placed second in the aspect of Disaster Resiliency. In connection with these accolades granted, Mayor Allan L. Rellon proudly shared the best practices of LGU-Tagum which enthroned the city as the 3rd Most Competitive Component City in the whole Philippines.
Mayor Rellon stressed that the secret behind the success of Tagum is the innovative changes made in the organizational structure in the LGU which gave birth to the newly minted departments, the Public Education and Employment Office which help Tagumenyos by facilitating education to employment program, and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office which is ready to respond to whatever disasters and hazards will occur in the city or even to nearby municipalities 24/7.
He also furthered that the ties established with the external investors and National Government Agencies gave way to the boosting of city’s infrastructure development, and the penned ordinances which institutionalized the ease of doing business in the government sat Tagum in the pinnacle of economic dynamism and government efficiency.
Maria Belenda Q. Ambi, the chairperson of the Regional Competitiveness Committee XI as well as the regional director of DTI-XI posed a challenge among LGUs to re-invent the means of delivering services to their constituency by shifting the paradigm to developing program of easing the business transactions to having a strong, resilient and inclusive economy.
The awards were received by no less than Mayor Allan L. Rellon together with Councilor Eva Lorraine Estabillo, Head – City Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotions Office Vicerjean M. Casiano, Head – City Treasurer’s Office Annie G. Beltran, and personnel from Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development Office Jasmine Angco, Katherine Buma-at, Louievic Loquino and personnel from City Information Office John Patrick Cordovero.
On the other hand, Carolina R. Velasco of the DTI Competitiveness Bureau presented the provisions of RA 11032 otherwise known as “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018” which amended the RA 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 to further safeguard the rights of the people in availing government services. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum