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Friday, January 7, 2011

New Metropolis Rising in Pangasinan

In the province of Pangasinan, rising a new metropolis. The Dagupan Metropolitan Area or Metro Dagupan (DMA) is a metropolitan area in north central Luzon, encompassing the independent component city of Dagupan, and the towns of Binmaley, Calasiao, Lingayen, Mangaldan, Manaoag, Mapandan, San Fabian, San Jacinto, and Santa Barbara.

Dagupan City is the financial, commercial and educational hub in the entire province of Pangasinan and the Ilocos Region.

According to the 2007 Philippine census, Metro Dagupan is home to 775,561 people, larger than La Union or the Ilocos provinces.

Dagupan was identified in 2008 as one of the country's most competitive small-sized cities for doing business in an annual survey conducted by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center. It was ranked based on its respective costs of doing business; the dynamism of the local economies; human resources and training; infrastructure; the responsiveness of the local government units to business’ needs; and the quality of life of its inhabitants. The annual survey is a research undertaking of the AIM Policy Center that seeks to identify the best cities in the country in which to live, work and operate a business.

Dagupan have been named as one the most competitive cities outside Metro Manila in the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2009 (PCCRP) of the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center. The study, which was launched Monday in Pasay City, used six criteria in ranking the 29 cities: dynamism of local economy, responsiveness of the LGUs to business, infrastructure, quality of life, and cost of doing business and human resource and training.Dagupan City is the most competitive among the emergent cities. It bested the cities of Angeles, Butuan, Cotabato, Lucena, Naga, Legaspi, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Iligan, Tagum, and San Fernando in La Union, Surigao, Tuguegarao, Tacloban and Santiago.

A metropolitan authority is being pushed by Mayor Benjamin S. Lim to harness the economic potential of the greater Pangasinan urban area.Currently there are moves to merge the city and the municipality of San Fabian to accommodate the expansion of Dagupan.

Metro Dagupan is the newest Philippine pride aside from Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao. Calasiao-Mangaldan-Dagupan growth area or simply called CAMADA was the original Metro Dagupan before the expansion began.

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