Western Visayas garnered 14 awards, the most number received among  regions, during the 6th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. Awards were given to provinces, highly-urbanized/component cities and municipalities who fared well in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).

The CMCI is an annual ranking of local government units developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees, with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.  Rankings are based on scores in 4 Pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency. Provincial rankings are based on the population and income weighted average of the overall scores of cities and municipalities under a province.

The following awards were given to cities and municipalities in Western Visayas who were ranked top 3 overall among the LGUs in their categories:

Overall Most Competitive Municipalities (1st and 2nd Class)
3rd place – Malay, Aklan

Overall Most Competitive Municipalities (3rd to 6th Class)
3rd place – Pontevedra, Negros Occidental

Award for Government Efficiency (1st and 2nd Class Municipalities)
3rd place – San Jose, Antique

Award for Infrastructure (1st and 2nd Class Municipalities)
1st place – Malay, Aklan

Award for Infrastructure (3rd to 6th Class Municipalities)
2nd place – Pontevedra, Negros Occidental

Award for Resilience for (1st and 2nd Class Municipalities)
3rd  place –  Lambunao, Iloilo

 Most Improved Cities (Highly Urbanized Cities)
1st place – Iloilo City
3rd place – Bacolod City

Most Improved Cities (Component Urbanized Cities)
2nd place – Cadiz, Negros Occidental

Most Improved Municipalities (1st and 2nd Class)
1st place –  San Jose, Antique
2nd place – Kalibo, Aklan
3rd  place   Sibalom, Antique

Most Improved Municipalities (3rd to 6th Class)
1st place –  Malinao, Aklan
3rd place –  Dao, Capiz

Regional Directors Rebecca A. Rascon of DTI, Ro-Ann A. Bacal of NEDA, and Anthony S. Nuyda of DILG witnessed the awarding of plaques to Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia of Bacolod City, Mayor Jose Espinosa III of lloilo City, municipal mayors and their contingent representatives.

The recognition serves to continually inspire LGUs to improve on their operation systems and databases that will help track their level of competitiveness compared to their peers.  Being recognized as a competitive LGU is one of the factors considered by investors when looking for sites for their projects or business ventures.