Roundtable Discussion on Competition Policy and Law
On November 7, 2012, PHILJA conducted a Roundtable Discussion on Competition Policy and Law at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in cooperation with the Department of Justice-Office for Competition (DOJ-OFC). The first-time PHILJA activity was in response to the proposal of Assistant Secretary Geronimo L. Sy of DOJ-OFC for the conduct of a capacity building program for the judiciary to promote knowledge and understanding on competition policy and law and emerging competition issues.
Resource persons who are authorities in law, economics, and business led the discussions in four plenary sessions on topics such as: competitive standing of the Philippines in the global scene; state of enforcement of laws on competition, restraint of trade and monopolies and problems in relation thereto; effects of the proposed House Bill No. 4835 (An Act Penalizing Anti-Competitive Agreements, Abuse of Dominant Position and Anti-Competitive Mergers, Establishing the Philippine Fair Competition Commission and Appropriating Funds Therefor and For Other Purposes) and Senate Bill No. 3098 (The Competition Act) on the existing laws on competition, restraint of trade and monopolies; and in the development of modules for a seminar-workshop on competition policy and law. Asec. Sy underscored the important role of the judiciary in the implementation of competition policy and law: for courts to bring economic policy under the rule of law and for specialized training to be made available to judges. Atty. Jose Claro S. Tesoro and Atty. Cheselden George V. Carmona of PHILJA’s Department of Commercial Law suggested that the DOJ-OFC first concentrate on lobbying for the passage of House Bill No. 4835 and Senate Bill No. 3098 before venturing on the conduct of training for judges.
The RTD was attended by 25 participants comprising selected judges; members of the PHILJA Department of Commercial Law; and representatives of the Tariff Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Trade and Industry, and DOJ-Office for Competition.