THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will be crafting its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), plans and programs with the assistance of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
DAP said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PCC last month to provide a blueprint that would help the newly created agency pursue its goals. The signing was led by PCC chairman Arsenio Balisacan and DAP President Antonio Kalaw Jr.
DAP is a government-owned corporation mandated to generate ideas, concepts, principles, techniques and technologies for government agencies to address development problems of local, national and international significance.
The newly created PCC, on the other hand, is aimed at employing efficiency of market competition that will provide a level playing field in businesses in the country. It is also mandated by Republic Act 10067 or the Philippine Competition Law to protect consumer welfare and enrich domestic and international trade as well as economic development.
Under the MOU, DAP is assigned as PCC’s “development partner in the conceptualization, implementation, and monitoring” of the commission’s “capacity and capability-building program.”
Kalaw said DAP has a “great track record” in institution-building. Other agencies it has assisted in the past include the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, the Career Executive Service Board, the Foreign Service Institute, the Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Presidential Commission on Good Government.