03 September 2017

Lemery, Bauan, Rosario, Calaca, Taal Top Batangas Municipalities in 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index

Poblacion Lemery.  Image credit:  Google Street View.
Lemery, Bauan, Rosario, Calaca and Taal are the Top 5 towns of Batangas in the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index released last month by the National Competitiveness Council. The Province of Batangas itself rose one notch from ninth nationwide last year to eighth this year.

This year’s results are skewed somewhat by the introduction of the Resilience pillar so that San Juan, for instance, last year’s top municipality in Batangas, tumbled down all the way down to seventh.

The Resilience pillar “embodies the capacities of the LGUs to continuously function, so that the people living and working in that specific community, particularly the poor and vulnerable, survive and thrive no matter what disasters they will encounter1.”

In previous surveys, cities and municipalities around the country were ranked on the basis of only three pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure.

Readers will please note that the rankings cited in this article are those aggregated for all municipalities around the country regardless of their classification (i.e. First to Sixth Class). The lowest rank nationwide is 1340.

The Top 5 municipalities of each of the four pillars will be presented below in tabular form with the complete table presented at the bottom of this page.

ECONOMIC DYNAMISM

In the Economic Dynamism pillar, the town of Santo Tomas ranks an impressive third nationwide; and it would be higher ranked overall were its results not skewed by its poor performances in the pillars Government Efficiency and Resilience. Lemery is ranked 35th nationwide while San Juan, Rosario and Bauan complete Batangas’ Top 5 most economically dynamic municipalities.


GOVERNMENT EFFICICIENCY

The heritage town of Taal tops all other municipalities of Batangas in the pillar of Government Efficiency, ranking 36th nationwide. Lemery and Bauan did well in this pillar as well, but both were outdone by the small towns of Mataasnakahoy and Calaca, both with Top 100 national rankings.


INFRASTRUCTURE

The town of Rosario ranks a very impressive 8th nationwide in terms of infrastructure, with Top 30 rankings for Lemery, Nasugbu, Santo Tomas and Bauan. There are actually nine towns of Batangas in the Top 100 nationwide.


RESILIENCE

Bauan is the top municipality in Batangas in terms of the new pillar Resilience with a nationwide rank of 45. San Jose breaks into the Top 5 in Batangas for the first time, with Calaca, Taal and Lemery completing the cast. It goes without saying that Local Government Units in Batangas need to give this new pillar a closer examination because more than half of the province’s towns rank 500 and lower.


OVERALL TABLE

Below is the overall ranking for all municipalities of Batangas, with national standings as well as rankings and points for each of the four pillars to measure competitiveness.

Nationwide
ED*
GE**
I***
R****
Municipalities
Rank
Score
Rank
Score
Rank
Score
Rank
Score
Rank
Score
1
Lemery
25
40.47
35
6.05
154
10.66
23
7.51
99
16.25
2 Bauan
31
39.94
48
5.80
239
10.28
29
7.41
45
16.46
3 Rosario
40
39.18
45
5.84
686
8.27
8
8.91
134
16.16
4 Calaca
43
38.88
110
5.12
84
11.06
122
6.29
55
16.41
5 Taal
44
38.81
273
4.49
36
11.58
109
6.33
56
16.41
6
Nasugbu
70
38.16
67
5.47
439
9.50
26
7.43
359
15.77
7
San Juan
73
38.10
43
5.88
489
9.29
62
6.75
131
16.18
8
San Jose
91
37.78
59
5.58
295
10.06
338
5.79
70
16.35
9 Mataasnakahoy
147
36.85
228
4.62
65
11.25
573
5.50
508
15.47
10 Santo Tomas
211
36.03
3
8.89
1035
6.15
27
7.42
933
13.57
11 Balayan
226
35.92
53
5.68
592
8.73
82
6.50
672
15.02
12 Lobo
230
35.89
175
4.76
417
9.61
241
5.94
435
15.58
13
Malvar
324
34.99
82
5.29
793
7.67
132
6.25
355
15.78
14 Alitagtag
363
34.65
345
4.38
287
10.09
370
5.74
795
14.45
15 San Pascual
368
34.62
603
4.01
639
8.49
249
5.92
120
16.20
16 Padre Garcia
503
33.44
202
4.67
859
7.39
411
5.69
378
15.69
17
Taysan
507
33.38
319
4.42
626
8.57
179
6.10
840
14.30
18 Lian
525
33.23
229
4.61
843
7.42
387
5.72
502
15.48
19
Balete
561
32.94
389
4.30
794
7.66
616
5.45
474
15.52
20 Ibaan
573
32.82
104
5.16
614
8.65
248
5.92
978
13.09
21 Tuy
590
32.69
379
4.32
738
7.96
342
5.78
774
14.63
22 Cuenca
593
32.66
162
4.81
638
8.50
40
7.04
1070
12.32
23 Mabini
633
32.31
115
5.07
724
8.06
49
6.91
1071
12.27
24 Laurel
715
31.59
279
4.49
1071
5.76
376
5.73
414
15.61
25 San Luis
790
30.83
673
3.93
607
8.68
723
5.34
1010
12.89
26 Santa Teresita
833
30.42
782
3.79
575
8.83
1136
3.60
851
14.20
27 Calatagan
877
29.92
570
4.04
1126
5.31
865
5.05
473
15.52
28
Agoncillo
950
28.96
169
4.78
825
7.52
1162
3.19
943
13.48
29 Talisay
960
28.82
470
4.20
845
7.42
852
5.08
1077
12.13
30 San Nicolas
1166
23.63
1185
2.96
951
6.79
1333
0.18
910
13.70
31 Tingloy
1247
17.69
1111
3.17
1227
4.05
1280
2.05
1205
8.42
* Economic Dynamism
** Government Efficiency
*** Infrastructure
**** Resilience

To see how these rankings were arrived at, please read the Methodology provided by the National Competitiveness council.

To see how a municipality's performance changed from 2016, read the 2016 Competitiveness Rankings: San Juan, Bauan Stay Top Towns in Batangas; Lemery 3rd; Rosario, Nasugbu Enter Top 5.

Read about the Competitiveness Index results for cities:  2017 Competitiveness Index: Batangas First, Lipa Third in Batangas Province.

Notes and references:
1DTI, NCC Now Working on Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index 2017,” online at the DTI web site.

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