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GenSan Awarded One of the Country’s “Most Competitive Mid-Sized Cities” for 2007

In a simple ceremony on July 4, 2008, at the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City, Gen. Santos City was again awarded as Most Competititve Mid-Sized City of the Philippines along with six others in the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2007 of the Asian Institute of Management Project Center. Receiving the award was GenSan City Mayor Pedro Acharon, Jr.

This is the 3rd time that the Tuna Capital was accorded such honors by the Asia Institute of Management Policy Center. The first time was in the year 2000 when it was the Most Competitive City in the Philippines and two years later, when it was ranked as the Most Competitive Mid-Sized City.

This year, however, among a field of 35 contender-cities, it has to share the title with six other medium-sized cities. And so, for 2007, the country’s most competitive cities in alphabetical order are:

  • Cabanatuan City
  • General Santos City
  • Lucena City
  • Olongapo City
  • San Pablo City
  • Tagum City
  • Tarlac City

The awardees for the Most Competitive Metro Cities in alphabetical order are:

  • Davao City
  • Makati City
  • City of Manila
  • Marikina City
  • Lapu-lapu City
  • Quezon City

And lastly, the Most Competitive Small-Sized Cities in alphabetical order are:

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  • Bayawan City
  • Calapan City
  • Calbayog City
  • Dagupan City
  • Dipolog City
  • Laoag City
  • Malaybalay City
  • Naga City
  • San Fernando City (La Union)
  • Surigao City
  • Tagbilaran City
  • Tuguegarao City

(Unluckily, the former topnotcher of 2005, Koronadal City is nowhere in this small-sized city list. What could have happened?)

Anyway, to all the generals and the city officials, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! May this serve as another incentive for everyone to continue to make each year and not just this year a YEAR OF EXCELLENCE.

MABUHAY TAYONG LAHAT!! (You may write your CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES below. :))

A briefer on the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2007:

Patterned after the International Management Development’s World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), the study utilizes both hard data and executive survey to measure the competitiveness of Philippine cities. However, not all WCY’s indicators are materialized in this study. The Philippine settings had been considered in the selection of variables to be included.

Over all, the study uses 43 indicators, which are distributed among the six drivers of competitiveness. Nine out of the total variables are hard data, which were acquired from different national government agencies, local government units, and private utility companies.

On the other hand, executive surveys were administered to owners and managers of Small-and-Medium enterprises (SMEs) to capture their perception on the capability of the city to provide an environment that nurtures dynamism of its local enterprises and prosperity of its residents. SMEs are chosen since the view of businessmen gauges the attractiveness of city as a place of living and business.

 

For more information, check out AIM Policy Center’s website by clicking HERE.

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  1. ayel says:

    I’m wondering nga bakit di pumasok ang Koronadal this year. Eh, buong pagmamalaki pa naman yung isiniwalat ni Mayor Miguel during our Alumni Homecoming last year.

    Congrats to Gensan! The city is again experiencing an economic boom! And you’re part of it, Sir Avel. πŸ˜€

    ayels last blog post..Doom in the Loom?

  2. anonymous says:

    elow po. Olangapo city, saan po ito? wala ang koronadal city kay puro tikal lang si miguel!
    ajejejeje

  3. orman says:

    it’s good to get recognized again. this should challenge the lgu and the generals to do even better the next time around.

  4. bariles says:

    @Ayel, hello!

    Sayang nga at nawala sila. Mas ok sana kung ang dalawang magkapitbahay parehong awardee. Oh well, siguro nga weather-weather lang yan tlaga.

    Thanks for your kind words uli… hehehe!

    O ang ating Mindanao Bloggers Summit 2 ha? πŸ™‚

  5. bariles says:

    @Anonymous, hello!

    Amo ba? Baw gid! Basi may ara ma-akig sa imu nga komentaryo di. πŸ™‚

  6. bariles says:

    @Orman, hello!

    You’re right there! Gensan is back in the groove! Hey, why did you not leave a congratulatory message? πŸ™

  7. Jasper says:

    Congratulations Generals!! for a job well done! congrats sa ating lahat! Let us continue to support our SME’s. Its is the back bone of our city’s economy. Once again Mabuhay tayong lahat! Im high pa rin and hit the mark—Bull’s eye! heheh πŸ™‚

  8. Jasper says:

    *aim high*

  9. dimaks says:

    first of all, congrats to Gen San for making it. for that, i am happy as a mindanaoan but not as a cotabateno. man, what are they doing to my city of birth (?)

    nice post and heads up by the way!

    dimakss last blog post..Introducing ProTycoon.com

  10. bariles says:

    @Jasper, we really should AIM high always!!!!!! Go, go, go!!! :0

    @Dimaks, thanks! Cotabato is one of my adopted homes, having lived there for 3 years in the early 80s. I just hope it bounces back again. πŸ™‚

  11. rodner says:

    dapat top 1 ang gensan dli ang cabanatuan kay nakita nako sa tv patrol na ang gensan ang top 1

  12. bariles says:

    @Rodner, hello! The names up there were arranged in ALPHABETICAL ORDER. Walang ranking ang mga iyan. Cabanatuan is not number ONE definitely. πŸ™‚

  13. bloggista says:

    Wow. COngrats sa GenSan! Murang maayo ang inyo Mayor run dira ha.

    bloggistas last blog post..The Busby SEO Challenge Entry Update Day 2

  14. I really plan to make GenSan as one of my home in the future, and really nice to know that the city is doing fine and receiving this awards means a more potential for GenSan in the future. Also love the warm hospitality of the People, lalo na sa mga relatives ko dyan. Keep it Up!! See you in the future.

    OFW in Singapore

    Froilan Bulaongs last blog post..Pepe’s Marker in Singapore

  15. shine says:

    wow.. proud to be from gensan!!! but bago ang lahat, avel, powerfull naman ang site mo oi.. ang Ganda ganda ganda ganda nating dalawa.(hahahahaha)joke..kaya gustong-gusto ko mag check everyday, excited to read what’s good and new!and I’m always surprised!thanks to you!!!

  16. marz says:

    congrats!!!!!!!!!! to all general that making gensan best and more power

    God bless to all!

  17. soulrocks says:

    Mabuhay Generals!

    The Generals scored a double whammy! While everybody is feasting on Pacman’s victory, came this award….one of the most competitive city…

    Wow! what else can we ask for…Congrats to every body!

    It is my fervent wish and prayer that this feat will continue for the years to come…and will serve as an inspiration to all of us to work harder to sustain this…

    It is really nice to live in a place of economic bliss where people live in harmony.

    While it is alright to celebrate and enjoy this citation…
    we should also keep this in mind: “We should not sit on our laurels…”

    soulrockss last blog post..Tipid Tips 1

  18. bariles says:

    @Bloggista, hello! We’re indeed fortunate to have good public servants! Come visit us! πŸ™‚

    @Froilan, hi! Doing business in GenSan will be the best decision you will be making. Good luck on your work there in Singapore. Don’t worry, Gensan will be waiting for you. πŸ™‚

  19. bariles says:

    @Shine, shine, shine! You made my day again!!!! Hehehe! Thanks for appreciating the new look and design. Para sa iyo ito. Regards to Mike and the kids and all our friends there in Cagayan de Oro! πŸ™‚

    @Marz, maayong gab-i! Thank you for your comments again. Balik-balik lang pirme di ha? πŸ™‚

  20. bariles says:

    @Soulrocks!!!! Welcome to GenSantos.com. Your comments hit the bullseye. With all these that the city has been gaining, the people and the local government should not rest on their laurels. These accolades should make them even work harder to be even more competitive not only nationally but also overseas.

    Do you think that’s a tall order? πŸ™‚

    Pag sama-sama, kayang-kaya!

    Thanks for your insights soulrocks! Mayap a bengi. πŸ™‚

  21. orman says:

    mayor miguel should learn from mayor acharon. he should stop listening from his cordon sanitaire and instead listen to his constituents – the business sector primarily. then he shouldn’t stop by mere listening. the harder part is the “doing.” mayor acharon learned it the hard way but eventually ended up victorious after six years. congrats, gensan! i’ve always been proud to be a general. i’m a true-blue general — born and raise in gensan!

  22. bariles says:

    @Orman, Amen to that! Mabuhay ka at lahat ng mga generals!!! πŸ™‚

  23. mars_bench says:

    Great design and colors! How much did you pay for this? Congratulations on your new theme!!!! πŸ™‚

  24. orman says:

    a funny thing happened over ABS CBN’s UMAGANG KAY GANDA. rica paralejo begins her segment by congratulation DAVAO CITY as the MAIN AND TOP WINNER of the COMPETITIVE CITIES SURVEY. eh alphabetically arranged nga lang…. hehehehe… sarap kurutin si rica kaso it happened to me too! hahahahaha… i thought gensan was no. two to cabanatuan! hehehehe…

  25. rodner says:

    kelan ba kaya maging METROPOLITAN city ang gensan????

  26. bariles says:

    @Mars_Bench, hello! Thanks a lot! With regard to the cost, SECRET! Hehehe! :0

    @Orman, actually Davao topped it in the Metro Cities. But we have two other categories, Mid-Sized (where GenSan belongs) and Small. What matters here is that we all made it! Hurray!!! πŸ™‚

  27. Kimberly says:

    Mabuhay ang Gensan!!!

    Thanks Kuya Avel for the info. re: Gensan Award.
    The timing was great… Ken and I was in Manila,so
    I had dinner celebration with Mayor Jun Acharon,
    our ‘kumpare’, together with hubby Kenneth,
    Gen. Jake Cataluna and wife Menchie at Gloria
    Maris, Greenhills. We all congratulated him for
    a job well done!

    That’s how i told him a bit of your blogspot…
    hehehe! Hay naku kuy’… namulitika na naman ako
    noh’! Got some fotos with the Mayor… will post it
    to our batch78 website soon. Also, fotos with Sir
    Adelbert W. Antonino during our visit to his office.
    May jetlag pa ang byuti ko eh!

    Regards…

  28. bariles says:

    @Kim, hello! You are really my #1 supporter…hehehe! Ang dami ko nang utang sa iyo… Kiss lang anay… Mwah! πŸ™‚

  29. rj says:

    go go go!!!!padayon lang ang kalambuan sa gensan!!!

  30. bariles says:

    @rj, hi! daghang salamat! πŸ™‚

  31. orman says:

    after our sit-down breakfast chat with mayor jun, i am positive that we have a number of reasons why we should win again this year. hopefully, all the plans will be put into motion…. and yes, they are EXCITING plans!

  32. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By orman
    after our sit-down breakfast chat with mayor jun, i am positive that we have a number of reasons why we should win again this year. hopefully, all the plans will be put into motion…. and yes, they are EXCITING plans!

    Wow! We are certainly on the roll as long as government and private sectors put their acts together. Kudos to the GSC Chamber of Commerce for always in contact with the Mayor. Everyone should really reach out to one another. πŸ™‚

  33. gensan fanatic says:

    congrat’z gensan….but napansin ko lng ang papangit ng plaza sa harap ng city hall ung mga ilaw sira na hndi kagaya ng cdo ang ganda ng mga lights nila sa plaza may kulay pa ginaya nila ung ilaw sa baywalk manila nakakaingit…may mga visita ako from other place nkakahiya ipagmalaki ung tuna park nman nakakatakot pasyalan…when pa ba ang magstart pagandahin ang plaza natin dito sa gensan????? kawawang gensan park napabayaan….nkaaturn off tingan….padayon sa pag uswag gensan…!

  34. NeilM - an Englishman in Gensan, masayang masaya sa GSC says:

    Hi,

    I’m English, but been coming to Gensan for 3 years now and hopefully we’ll make it our permanent home.

    I’ve always been impressed by the tremendous potential of Gensan & it’s ppl.

    The new malls are great news and dahan dahan, if we can promote the image of Gensan, more & more businesses will come.

    I’m actually here to setup ( dare I say it ) a Call Centre in Gensan. Discussed the project with Pedro and he was very supportive. Having a minor battle with investors who prefer Manila (!), but we’ll get there.

    I would love to see some of the BIG companies come here & will do what I can to promote the City.

    We should all be proud of Gensan. You got tuna & MUCH, MUCH more.

    Best

    Neil

    PS Ako ? Tagalog ? Daha, dahan, lahat araw mas OK

  35. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By gensan fanatic
    congrat’z gensan….but napansin ko lng ang papangit ng plaza sa harap ng city hall ung mga ilaw sira na hndi kagaya ng cdo ang ganda ng mga lights nila sa plaza may kulay pa ginaya nila ung ilaw sa baywalk manila nakakaingit…may mga visita ako from other place nkakahiya ipagmalaki ung tuna park nman nakakatakot pasyalan…when pa ba ang magstart pagandahin ang plaza natin dito sa gensan????? kawawang gensan park napabayaan….nkaaturn off tingan….padayon sa pag uswag gensan…!

    gensan fanatic, just wait. these places you’ve mentioned are already for sprucing up. the city mayor has already approved their budgets. πŸ™‚

  36. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By NeilM – an Englishman in Gensan, masayang masaya sa GSC
    Hi,

    I’m English, but been coming to Gensan for 3 years now and hopefully we’ll make it our permanent home.

    I’ve always been impressed by the tremendous potential of Gensan & it’s ppl.

    The new malls are great news and dahan dahan, if we can promote the image of Gensan, more & more businesses will come.

    I’m actually here to setup ( dare I say it ) a Call Centre in Gensan. Discussed the project with Pedro and he was very supportive. Having a minor battle with investors who prefer Manila (!), but we’ll get there.

    I would love to see some of the BIG companies come here & will do what I can to promote the City.

    We should all be proud of Gensan. You got tuna & MUCH, MUCH more.

    Best

    Neil

    PS Ako ? Tagalog ? Daha, dahan, lahat araw mas OK

    Neil, hi! Welcome to Bariles Republic!

    It’s a pleasant surprise receiving a comment from an expat who lives in the city. Wow! We must be really doing something good to merit an appreciative message from you.

    We wish you luck in your hopes and plans for Gensan. If it materializes, then it would mean more jobs for our young people here.

    Thanks for dropping by and feel free to leave a message as much as you like. And hey, your Tagalog is good huh? πŸ™‚

    Feel at home. This is yours as much as ours. Mabuhay! πŸ˜‰

  37. NeilM - an Englishman in Gensan, masayang masaya sa GSC says:

    Salamat !!

    Did anyone see the news about a new Premier ( Football/Soccer ) League being setup in Pinas ?

    Now, if Gensan had a team in that league, it would help to get Gensan “on the map” !

    Best

    NeilM

  38. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By NeilM – an Englishman in Gensan, masayang masaya sa GSC
    Salamat !!

    Did anyone see the news about a new Premier ( Football/Soccer ) League being setup in Pinas ?

    Now, if Gensan had a team in that league, it would help to get Gensan “on the map” !

    Best

    NeilM

    Hi neil, I haven’t heard that piece of news but i think football/soccer would be something that filipinos could excel at. I believe that most of high schools in the city have their own soccer teams. Thanks for your response. πŸ™‚

  39. miko says:

    at anonymous: olongapo ciy is in pampanga…

    congratz gensan… let’s wait until we will see gensan competes in metropolitan category…

  40. Nate Marx says:

    ….Congrats Gensan! Hmmm… Sana mas mag improve pa gensan pero at the same time lets not make it so intoxicated with profitable establishments and stuff like what’s hapening in other cities (nagiging suffocating na). Let’s not forget that gensan is still our home… COngraTs AgAin!

    __________
    http://www.natemarx.wordpress.com

    Nate Marxs last blog post..I’m Back!!!

  41. nemz says:

    …ang galing tlga ng mga generals…”the home of the champions”…
    more achievements to come generals..
    padayon xa pag uswag “GENSAN”


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