THE National Competition Policy (NCP) is just awaiting approval by Malacanang
for its implementation via an
The NCP has been adopted
by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) reported that the approval of the NCP
to be signed as an administrative order for implementation
across government is pending
A Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) was signed with
NEDA in July last year. Once
approved by President Duterte, the NCP will be implemented across all government
agencies and instrumentalities
and is expected to red flag anti-competition practices in the
The JMC enjoins government agencies to craft
pro-competitive policies and
interventions; promote competitive neutrality and review
measures within the bureaucracy; strengthen the Governance Commission for GOCCs
(GCG); and implement the
The joint circular also aims
to foster an environment that
practices, supports regulatory
reforms, improves trade policies to stimulate investments
and innovation, and boost
The NCP marks an important milestone in mainstreaming competition policy to foster a culture in the country,
especially for the public sector
to embrace competition policy.
The NCP is considered the
“master” policy governing all
laws, and documents throughout Philippine government.
It stands to reinforce the
Philippine Competition Act,
and is prescribed in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-
2020 as a means to level the
economic playing field.
PCC Chairman Arsenio
Balisacan said the NCP serves
as a framework to steer all
policies, rules, regulations,
and interventions by national
government agencies, government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), and local
government units toward the
promotion of fair market competition.
“It complements the PCA
in guiding the design of government interventions, especially those relating to micro,
small and medium enterprises’
recovery,” said Balisacan.