On September 6, 2016, City Mayor Lina O. Montilla accepted the award for Tacurong City as being the 23rd most competitive component city in the country in the Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines (NCCP).

The awarding took place during the 3rd Regional Awarding Ceremony of CMCI Top 50 LGUs in FB Hotel, Koronadal City. Other awardees included Cotabato City, Koronadal City, and Kidapawan City, who were ranked top 5, top 11, and top 16, respectively for the component cities category. General Santos City ranked 15th in the highly urbanized cities category while Midsayap, Isulan, Polomolok, Mlang, Surallah, and Kabacan ranked 5th, 8th, 9th, 23rd, and 32nd, respectively, for the municipalities category.

Speakers during the ceremony included Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel, Regional Director Reynaldo Bungubung of DILG-XII, Regional Director Ibrahim K. Guiamidel of DTI-XII, Mr. Raymund Salangsang, PCCI Regional Governor for Southwestern Mindanao, and Ms. Marina Saldana, Program Officer of the NCCP. Other guests included other local chief executives and elected officials of other LGUs in Region XII.

Accompanying City Mayor Montilla to receive Tacurong’s award were Ms. Laila G. Pelaez, CMCI Coordinator, and Mr. Elmer B. Felonco of the City Planning and Development Office. Ms. Pelaez was also given the #100CompletionRate Award for submitting the 2016 CMCI Local Data Capture Sheet with complete data sets or 100% completion rate.

The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development. The cities and municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on their economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure. In 2015, Tacurong City ranked only 32nd in the CMCI. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)