The Department of Trade & Industry - RO2 held a survey on the competitiveness index of 28 cities and municipalities in Region 02 which were pre-identified by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). The Survey was commissioned by the NCC to map-out and assess the competitiveness ranking of 500 cities and municipalities nationwide.

Three factors were looked into as indicators of competitiveness of the city/municipality, namely economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

The result of the survey, which will be published in July 2014, is crucial in determining the economic strengths and weaknesses of a city/municipality and will allow local level comparisons which could help lagging localities to focus on gaps and formulate catch up plans.

Meanwhile, large cities/municipalities shall be considered center of economic activities which may, to a large extent, affect the generation of investments and resources for the cluster areas around them.

The cities and municipalities that participated in the survey, were the following:

 

 

Cities /Municipalities

Population

Classification

1

Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya

50824

1st class, partially urban

2

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

57416

1st class

3

Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

56134

1st class, partially urban

4

Echague, Isabela

74680

1st class, partially urban

5

Sto. Tomas, Isabela

27438

4th class

6

San Mateo, Isabela

60792

1st class

7

Jones, Isabela

44218

1st class

8

Alicia, Isabela

64687

1st class

9

Roxas, Isabela

57699

1st class

10

Cabagan, Isabela

48350

1st class

11

San Mariano, Isabela

51438

1st class

12

Tumauini, Isabela

65390

1st class

13

Dinapigue, Isabela

5467

1st class

14

Palanan, Isabela

16254

1st class

15

Solana, Cagayan

76596

2nd calss

16

Baggao, Cagayan

81649

1st class

17

Peñablanca, Cagayan

46548

1st class

18

Tuao, Cagayan

53890

2nd class

19

Gattaran, Cagayan

70750

1st class

20

Buguey, Cagayan

28455

4th class

21

Lallo, Cagayan

41388

2nd class

22

Aparri, Cagayan

61110

1st class

23

Gonzaga, Cagayan

36303

2nd class

24

Basco, Batanes

7907

5th class

25

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

129539

1st class

26

Cauayan City, Isabela

120360

1st class

27

Ilagan City, Isabela

153504

1st class

28

Santiago City, Isabela

126244

1st class