Philippines : Capacity Building to Foster Competition Project

Sovereign Project | 52078-001

The project will (i) strengthen the institutional capacity of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to foster competition, (ii) establish a cross-government staff development program for competition policy, and (iii) ensure the sustainability of the reforms by establishing an academic center of excellence in competition policy and law.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Chongvilaivan, Aekapol
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Philippines
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Capacity Building to Foster Competition Project
Project Number 52078-001
Country / Economy Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3878-PHI: Capacity Building to Foster Competition Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 23.30 million
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Law and judiciary - Public administration

Gender Some gender elements
Description

The project will (i) strengthen the institutional capacity of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to foster competition, (ii) establish a cross-government staff development program for competition policy, and (iii) ensure the sustainability of the reforms by establishing an academic center of excellence in competition policy and law.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Philippine Development Plan (PDP), 20172022 continues the government's strong emphasis on inclusive growth. Under the PDP, the government has set a strategic target to reach upper middle-income status by 2022. To meet these goals, effective market competition is essential for economic growth as it fosters an efficient allocation of scarce resources and encourages the adoption of modern technology.

The project will help the Government of the Philippines implement the Philippine Competition Act (PCA), and will foster the government's capacity to enforce the competition law to promote free and fair competition in economic activities.

Impact

Market competition enhanced

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Competition environment improved

Progress Toward Outcome Product market efficiency improved from being ranked 60 out of 140 countries in 2018, to rank 52 out of 141 countries in 2019.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Institutional capacity of the PCC strengthened

2. Government Staff Development Program for Competition developed

3. An Academic Center of Excellence in Competition Law and Policy established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) (1) Several workshops have been conducted for PCC including workshops on effective drafting of implementation guidelines and strategic use of economic evidence in pleadings, briefs, and position papers, and workshop on dawn raids. The design and delivery of tailored training courses on Competition Law and Economics by the Barcelona School of Economics have been completed. (2) a total of 16 scholars availed of the scholarship program for Phd and master's degree (Male 6, Female 10) and a total of 33 participated in shortterm secondments and nondegree trainings (Male 12, Female 21). (3) Initial work on the research grants award guidelines have been done by the Competition Law and Policy Program of the University of the Philippines.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is classified as category C for environment since there will be no adverse environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified as category C for involuntary resettlement as the project requires no land acquisition and will not lead to any physical or economic displacement.
Indigenous Peoples The project is classified as category C for indigenous peoples because it will not affect any ethnic minority communities.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Several consultation Missions with the proposed executing agency, the Philippine Competition Commission and other participating agencies took place during the project design stage.
During Project Implementation (2022) A mid-term review mission was held in December 2022 where the ADB Project Team, the executing agency and the project management unit discussed the progress of the project, challenges encountered during implementation and recommendations going forward.(2020) The Project Team fielded an Inception Mission to the office of the Executing Agency, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on 6 March 2020. The purpose of the Mission was to: (i) introduce ADB team and meet the staff of the PCC, (ii) discuss implementation plans as specified in the Project Administration Manual; (iii) explain the ADB guidelines for recruitment of consultants, procuring goods and related services, works and disbursement; and (iv) the Project reporting requirements, format and schedule. The PCC Chairperson, Mr. Arsenio M. Balisacan, met the Mission and provided his guidance to the Mission.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Individual Consultant Selection (ICS)

International - 175 person-months

National - 615 person-months

Procurement Four equipment contracts will be procured using open competitive bidding (OCB) with national advertisement. Nine smaller value contracts, including procurement of 2 units vehicles, will be procured through request for quotation (RFQ). The first procurement under OCB and RFQ will be subject to prior approval by ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Chongvilaivan, Aekapol
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Public Sector Management and Governance Sector Office (SG-PSMG)
Executing Agencies
Philippine Competition Commission
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 May 2018
Fact Finding 05 Jun 2018 to 20 Jun 2018
MRM 03 Oct 2018
Approval 05 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2023

Loan 3878-PHI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Dec 2019 13 Dec 2019 03 Mar 2020 30 Jun 2026 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 29.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 23.30 15 Feb 2024 4.37 0.00 19%
Counterpart 6.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 15 Feb 2024 5.46 0.00 23%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Unsatisfactory

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Consultant for the Data Collection and Analysis of Labor Market Power in the Philippine Context Individual - Consulting Active
National Consultant for the Data Collection and Analysis of the Market Power of Electricity Generators in the Philippines Individual - Consulting Active
National Consultant (Review of the PCC’s Codified Rules of Procedure and Drafting of Rules on Motion) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant (Review of the PCC’s Codified Rules of Procedure and Drafting of Rules on Forbearance) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant (Review of the PCC's Codified Rules of Procedure and Drafting of Rules of Evidence and Contempt) Individual - Consulting Closed
Competition Law and Policy Expert (Best Practices for Prosecuting Competition Law Violations) Individual - Consulting Closed
Education/Scholarship Management Assistant - Project Management Unit Individual - Consulting Closed
Highly Technical Consultant for the Operational Assessment and Formulation of the Technical Specification and Requirements of the Integrated Financial Management Information System for the PCC Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant for Mainstreaming Competition Impact Assessment for Pro-Competitive Government Policies and Interventions Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant - Project Management Unit Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant (Collection of Data and Assessment of the Efficiency of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant (Economic Harms of Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant for Value Chain Individual - Consulting Closed
Sector Expert 1 (Competition Economics Mentoring Program Phase II) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sector Expert 2 (Competition Economics Mentoring Program Phase II) Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant/Secretary Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant for Agriculture Individual - Consulting Closed
Agricultural Trade Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport Sector Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant (Competition Impact Assessment) Individual - Consulting Closed
Education/Scholarship Management Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist (Budgeting) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Education/Scholarship Management Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist - Budgeting Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist - Accounting Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant 002 - Codified Rules of Procedure Individual - Consulting Closed
Competition Policy Expert - Development of Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines and Training Individual - Consulting Closed
Competition Law and Policy Expert - Codified Rules of Procedure Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant 001 - Codified Rules of Procedure Individual - Consulting Closed
Competition Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Sector Expert 002 Individual - Consulting Closed
Sector Expert 001 Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist / Impact Evaluation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Competition Research and Learning Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Philippine Telecommunications Industry - Retail Supply Market Individual - Consulting Closed
Capacity Building to Foster Competition Project - Administrative Officer (Project Management Unit) Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist - Accounting Individual - Consulting Closed
Philippine Telecommunications Industry - Wholesale Supply Market Segment Individual - Consulting Closed
Philippine Telecommunications Industry - Spectrum Management Individual - Consulting Closed
Capacity Building to Foster Competition Project - Education and Scholarship Management Specialist (Project Management Unit) Individual - Consulting Closed
Capacity Building to Foster Competition Project - Education and Scholarship Management Assistant (Project Management Unit) Individual - Consulting Closed
Broad-based Market Scoping Study in the Philippine Services Sector Individual - Consulting Closed
Education and Scholarship Management Assistant (Project Management Unit) Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Officer (Project Management Unit) Individual - Consulting Closed
Education and Scholarship Management Specialist (Project Management Unit) Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist-Accounting (Project Management Unit) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant (Development of a Divestiture Manual and Training) Individual - Consulting Closed
International Sector Expert (Mentoring Program on Competition Economics and Research) Individual - Consulting Closed
International Competition Law and Policy Expert (Best Practices for Negotiating, Implementing and Monitoring Voluntary Commitments) Individual - Consulting Closed
International Sector Expert (Mentoring Program on Competition Economics and Research) Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant/Secretary Individual - Consulting Closed
National Competition Law and Policy Expert (Mainstreaming Competition Assessment in the Legislative Process) Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist (Budgeting) - Filipino Nationals Only Individual - Consulting Closed
Competition Law and Policy Expert (Chief Economist) Individual - Consulting Closed
Education and Scholarship Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Education and Scholarship Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Competition Law and Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
International Competition Law and Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Education and Scholarship Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Education and Scholarship Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Education and Scholarship Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.