Davao City Tops AIM Survey: The Most Competitive City
Davao City skyline (photo posted by Dinabaw @ SSC Forum)
Congratulations to Davao City for being the “Most Competitive City in the Philippines”! It ranks highest among other big major cities in the country. You can read details of the survey here.
The survey conducted by Asian Institute of Management (AIM) based their ranking in the following criterias.
1. cost of doing business
2. dynamism of local economy
3. linkages and accessibility
4. human resources and training
6. responsiveness of local government to business needs
7. quality of life
Surprisingly, I read a reaction from other blog undermining Davao’s latest accolade. Some guy said that the reason Davao achieved this kind of accomplishment is because the city is still a new provincial city. He means the city has yet to experience traffic jams, waves of squatter colonies, environmental pressure, crime etc. He further said that he will be expecting people in Davao to succumb to economic growth and will unable to manage the coming formidable challenge to come allowing other new provincial city to take over our number one spot.
Obviously, this guy is not well informed about Davao City. I’m sure he doesn’t visit the city yet. We all know that the Davao City local government is doing a great job in managing the city. They have done a lot of projects like the drainage system, waste management, land zoning, human settlements, tax collection, roads etc. to name a few. The private sectors are doing their share in the local economy and tourism. But, one big reason for this feat is because of the hard work, talent and discipline of the Dabawenyos.
Those ugly urban stuff he was mentioning, I’m thinking that we are so prepared for that. I hope that we can handle dealing those problems. His comments however seems like a sign of panicking because this provincial city (as what he describe Davao) is becoming a dominant city in the south like a sleeping giant about to awake.
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