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QC, Pasay, Manila among top business-friendly cities in DTI study

By Eileen Mencias

Local governments wield significant influence over business success through regulations governing permits, licenses, sanitation, and traffic.

Hence, businesses must adeptly navigate the regulatory landscapes set by the respective local government units (LGUs) in their operational areas.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) undertook an assessment of 33 highly urbanized cities across the nation, evaluating their competitiveness based on various metrics including local government efficiency, infrastructure availability, resilience, innovation, and economic dynamism.

In the evaluation conducted in 2023, Quezon City emerged as the top business destination, scoring 61.8475. It demonstrated excellence in infrastructure, resilience, and innovation, securing sixth place in government efficiency and second in economic dynamism.

Pasay claimed the second spot with a score of 56.7826, showcasing strong performance in economic dynamism, and securing third place in both innovation and government efficiency. It also ranked highly in infrastructure (4th) and resilience (8th)

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Securing the third position was Manila, with a score of 56.2923. Manila led in government efficiency, ranked second in infrastructure and innovation, fourth in resilience, and seventh in economic dynamism.

Iloilo followed closely in fourth place, achieving a score of 51.0493. It excelled in government efficiency (2nd), economic dynamism, and innovation (both 4th), resilience (5h), and infrastructure (9th).

Muntinlupa rounded out the top five, scoring 49.5927. The city performed strongly in infrastructure and resilience (both 3rd), innovation (6th), economic dynamism (18th), and government efficiency (23rd).

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