Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMDI) has recently released this year’s 136 cities and 399 municipalities most competitive in the Philippines in terms of economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.
Tupi, a first class municipality in South Cotabato, emerged as the country’s second (2nd) highest in terms of government efficiency and ranked thirteenth (13th) over-all.
Accordingly, government efficiency was measured based on data on transparency scores, economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues, local competition-related awards, business registration efficiency, investment promotion, compliance to national directives, security, health, and education.
The plaque was personally received by Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr., last August 7 at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Metro Manila during the 2nd Regional Competitiveness Summit.
Tamayo looked forward for more remarkable milestone and achievement of the municipality during his term.
He underscored everyone’s unity and participation as contributory factors towards the municipality’s apparent progress and development.
‘Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para magbago’, emphasized and reiterated by Philippine Information Agency Regional Director Olivia Sudaria during the Information Coordination Network Meeting (ICON) hosted by the Municipality of Tupi on August 5 at Yolanda Golden Farm Resort, Bololmala Tupi South Cotabato.
At least forty (40) information officers (IO) from different regional line agencies, both national and local in Region 12 attended the said regional meeting.
In the one day meeting, information officers, considered as the most vital tool for free flow of helpful information from national level down to the grassroot level, were faced by the challenge to be the forerunners of Climate Change Advocacy.
Apart from ICON’s involvement in CCA endeavour, biodiversity conservation and the role of Department of Agriculture- Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-CEMIARC) located in Bolomala of this municipality were also presented by Manuela Locsin of Department of the Environment and Natural Resources XII and Dr. Lorna Vilbar of DA-CEMIARC respectively.
Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr., graced the said affair in which he comprehensively discussed his administration’s priority programs and projects.
The recent full implementation of 40KPH & 80KPH speed limit, creation of Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office (MEEDO), free education to elementary, secondary, and tertiary, among others were highlighted by the President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines- South Cotabato Chapter.
The ICON members are also set to have a one-day immersion activity at the Tarsier Sanctuary sometime in September this year.
Four championship trophies were brought home by the Municipality of Tupi, having the most number of wins during the provincial inter-school Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) related competitions.
The said competition is facilitated by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in lieu of the National Disaster Consciousness Month Culmination last July 30 at Gaisano Grand Mall, Koronadal City
Tupi dominated the Slogan Contest where it placed first both in Elementary and Secondary categories. Elementary is represented by Ian Jay Cosicol of Tupi Central School and coached by Mr. Samuel Espectato while secondary representative Desiree Mangaliag of Tupi National High School was coached by Ms. Maylene Orencio.
In Poster Making Contest secondary level,Czar Subang of Tupi National High School was proclaimed the champion. His coach is Mr. Fortunato Bacus.
Further, the secondary Quiz bee champion was also snatched by Tupi, in the persons of Khenn dela Cruz, Julius Ceasar dela Cruz and Alyanna Pizarras Tupi National High School with their coaches Mr. Darwin Locsin and Ms. Lea Dionaldo.
While in elementary category, Cherisha Nneka Gargaran and Denise Nicole de Vefa of Tupi Central School with their coach Ms. Christie Lou Carillo landed 2nd place.
Municipal Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Chairman, re-award the plaques to the winners during the Monday Convocation on August 4.
It could be recalled that Tupi-MDRRMC was awarded during the T'nalak Festival 2014 as the best local disaster risk reduction management council in the province.