(Davao City, 14 November 2022). The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Executive Director Kenneth V. Tanate, PhD and his team, namely: Director IV Joseph Melvin B. Basas, Director for Administrative Office Jeson Q. de la Torre, Executive Assistant III John Albert G. David, Executive Assistant III John Hubert M. Guamos and Executive Assistant II Jocelle C. Balmaceda visited the NEDA-RDC XI Center on November 14, 2022 and discussed with NEDA XI Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim, CESO II and Assistant Regional Director Gilberto A. Altura, the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), 2023-2028 and Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP), 2023-2028 sections of the competition policy and the PCC’s plans to set up a satellite office in Davao City to serve Mindanao Regions’ stakeholders.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10667 or Philippine Competition Act (PCA), the Philippine Competition Commission is mandated to implement the national competition policy, which aims to promote and protect market competition that is vital in achieving the country’s inclusive development.

NEDA XI Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim informed that although there is no dedicated chapter for the national competition policy in the DRDP, 2023-2028, but  the strategies to support the implementation of the competition policy and improve regulatory efficiency of the Local Government Units (LGUs) are subsumed under the chapter on good governance, particularly on the strong advocacy on the benefit of Ease of Doing Business, and prioritizing the investments for digital infrastructure by increasing Local Government Units’ (LGUs) investment in ICT facilities to ensure sustainable connectivity.

On the other hand, Executive Director Kenneth V. Tanate mentioned that instead of going back and forth to Manila for complaints and follow-throughs, the PCC deemed it necessary to establish a temporary satellite office in Davao City to serve the concerned stakeholders in Mindanao Regions. He highlighted that the proposed establishment of a satellite office in Davao City is a strategic move in order to cater and avoid delays in resolving complaints relative to violations of the Philippine Competition Act in Mindanao.

With the strong partnership of PCC and NEDA XI, the promotion of competition policy in the Davao Region will best serve not just the Davaoeños, but also the stakeholders of neighboring regions in Mindanao.

-Normiel B. Aslor, NEDA XI