ILOILO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) - Multi-sectoral representatives coming mainly from the private sector, government and civil society have come up with the draft of the competitiveness map or agenda for Western Visayas until 2028.
Department of Trade and Industry Region VI Director Rebecca M. Rascon said the map was crafted by the stakeholders at a two-day consultative workshop held January 13-14 via Zoom and organized by DTI-Competitiveness Bureau in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development under the Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development.
The crafters stuck to the original statement of the strategic competitiveness goal of Region 6 of having a more adaptive economic activity level by 2023 and the region becoming globally competitive, resilient with a diversified economy by 2028.
Rascon said the framework of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) with its pillars of Infrastructure, Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Resiliency and Innovation was used for the map.
The Regional Competitiveness Program Council was also constituted during the workshop comprising representations from the various pillars each of which has members from the private sector, government, and academe.
The DTI regional chief said the draft of the map or agenda will still be fine-tuned. It calls for continuous sustained work by the private and public sector stakeholders in order to jointly push the deliverables for the region's competitiveness, she added.
"Working towards competitiveness for Western Visayas has just started," said Rascon. (JBG/JSC/PIA6)