Office for Competition

Updates

The Office for Competition (OFC) released a 16-page report on the implementation of the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) mechanism dated 29 June 2015. In its report, the OFC found that there are no adequate rules and guidelines on the imposition of SRP.  Although the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) may oblige manufacturers, distributors and retailers to provide advance notice for proposed price increases, its requirement to seek clearance for planned price increases negates the recommendatory nature of the SRP.

Please click the link below for the full report.

Study on SRP: Nature, Implementation and Effects

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Updates

The Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office for Competition (OFC) issued its Case-Handling Procedure, which was culled from DOJ Department Circular No. 11 "Guidelines Governing the Implementation of Executive Order No. 45, s. 2011, Designating the Department of Justice as the Competition Authority" issued on 01 March 2013.

The case-handling procedure, crafted as a simplified version of the Department Circular for clarity and ease of reference, introduces the steps undertaken by the OFC from commencement of an investigation such as upon receipt of a complaint or information concerning any anti-competitive behavior or agreement until an investigation report is either approved or disapproved by the Secretary. It is presented in three (3) parts: (a) introduction, (b) coverage, and (c) procedure.  

Links:
OFC Case-Handling Procedure
APPENDIX - Case-Handling Procedure Flowchart


The OFC Case-Handling Procedure is grounded on the basic principles of fairness, accountability, and transparency geared towards providing aggrieved parties a means of redress, and benchmarked against regional and international best practices.

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DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. 005 Series of 2015

SUBJECT: GUIDELINES IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF COMPETITION LAWS

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DOJ Announces Winners of Competition Essay Writing Contest

The DOJ-Office for Competition (OFC) concluded the awarding for the winners of the Essay Writing Contest in Manila as the culmination of the contest conducted for the 3rd National Competition Day (NCD) under Proclamation No. 384, series of 2012 "Declaring 5 December of Every Year as National Competition Day."

The top five awardees are as follows:

1st place      – Arman A. Candelaria (University of the East);
2nd               – Renuel S. Napiere (University of Sto. Tomas);
3rd               – Abraham Alonzo O. Guiyab (Ateneo de Manila University);
4th               – Wilfredo Francis F. Mina (International Bible and Mission Seminary); and
5th               – Roi Emmanuel D. Verastigue (Philippine Merchant Marine Academy).

The winners received cash prizes and plaques of recognition while all students who submitted entries were given consolation prizes and certificates of merit.

The essays were judged based on their relevance to the theme "Advancing Economic Justice through Competition Policy and Law" (70%) and form and style (30%) by a panel of judges composed of representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tariff Commission, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and a competition expert from the European Union - Trade Related Technical Assistance (EU-TRTA) Project.

The celebration of the 4th National Competition Day this 2015 will feature another opportunity for the OFC’s partner institutions, the academe and other stakeholders to share expertise and experience for a more efficient and effective enforcement of competition policy and law (CPL) in the country.  Other activities include focus group discussions with sector regulators in March, a workshop on bid-rigging/cartels in April, and a seminar for judges on advanced topics in CPL in May.  The 2nd National Competition Conference which will serve as another platform for meaningful discussions on issues surrounding priority sectors is tentatively slated this 8th of December 2015.

Announcements featuring OFC enforcement and advocacy initiatives will be posted online through this site.

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Updates

On 9 December 2014, the DOJ-Office for Competition held the very first National Competition Conference (NCC) with the theme, Advancing Economic Justice through Competition Policy and Law at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.  The 1st NCC is one of DOJ- OFC’s groundbreaking advocacy initiatives towards creating a culture of competition in the country. It gathered various stakeholders from the public and private sectors, the academe, and civil society organizations in the country.

Below are the keynote address of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III and the welcome message of Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima during the conference.

Keynote Address - His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines
Welcome Remarks - Hon. Leila M. De Lima, Secretary of Justice

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Message of Secretary Leila M. De Lima for the National Competition Day.

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Invitation to Join 3rd NCD Essay Writing Contest

The Office for Competition (OFC) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) cordially invites everyone to join the annual observance of the National Competition Day (NCD) on 5 December 2014.  The NCD celebration coincides with the World Competition Day, which marks the adoption of the United Nations Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices on 5 December 1980.

This year’s theme is Advancing Economic Justice through Competition Policy and Law (CPL) to highlight the importance of free and fair competition in economic development.

In line with the celebration of the third (3rd) NCD, the OFC has organized an Essay Writing Contest among students from various schools nationwide.

To know more about the contest mechanics, please click here.

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Vacancy Announcement

03 October 2014

The Office for Competition (OFC) was created by Executive Order No. 45, series of 2011, designating the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the country’s Competition Authority.  It is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violations of competition laws, enforcement of competition policies and laws to protect consumers, and supervision of competition in markets, among others.

The OFC is composed of qualified legal and technical staff to effectively and efficiently pursue its mandate (see organizational chart).  

Below are current opportunities for employment in the OFC.

State Counsel III (SG-26)

Item No. STCL3-28-2012

Education:          Bachelor of Laws
Experience:        Member of the BAR for at least 4 years (PD 478)
Training:             16 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:            RA 1080 (BAR)

 

LEGAL DIVISION

State Counsel I (SG-24)

Item No. STCL-6-2014

Education:          Bachelor of Laws
Experience:        Member of the BAR for at least 4 years (PD 478)
Training:             8 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:            RA 1080 (BAR)

Legal Assistant

Item No. LEA2-5-2014 (SG-12)

Education:            Bachelor’s degree
Experience:          None required
Training:               None required
Eligibility:              Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility                  

         

ECONOMICS DIVISION

Economist IV (SG-22)

Item No. ECO4-3-2014

Education:           Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job
Experience:         3 years of relevant experience
Training:              16 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:             Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility                            

Economist III (SG-18)

Item No. ECO3-5-2014

Education:           Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job
Experience:         2 years of relevant experience
Training:              8 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:             Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility

 

MARKET ASSESSMENT DIVISION

Economist V (SG-24)

Item No. ECO5-9-2014

Education:           Master’s degree
Experience:         4 years in position/s involving management and supervision
Training:              24 hours of relevant training in management and supervision
Eligibility:             Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility

Economist III (SG-18)  - 2 items

Item No. ECO3-4-2014
Item No. ECO3-6-2014

Education:          Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job
Experience:        2 years of relevant experience
Training:             8 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:            Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility

 

ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

Investigation Agent V (SG-24)

Item No. INVA5-7-2014

Education:          Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job
Experience:        4 years of relevant experience
Training:             24 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:            Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility

Investigation Agent III (SG-22)

Item No. INVA3-27-2012

Education:           Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job
Experience:         3 years of relevant experience
Training:              16 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:             Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility

Investigation Agent II (SG-20)

Item No. INVA2-8-2014

Education:            Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job
Experience:          2 years of relevant experience
Training:               8 hours of relevant training
Eligibility:              Career Service (Professional) Second Level Eligibility

 

Interested parties are advised to email their application letter and comprehensive resume to [email protected] or submit to:

        Office for Competition
        Department of Justice
        Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila 1000

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OFC Updates
25 September 2014

The Department of Justice – Office for Competition (OFC) supports the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which aims to facilitate free movement of goods, services, investment and capital within and among ASEAN member states. 

In order to attain the objectives of the AEC, the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC) was established in 2007 to serve as a regional forum for discussion and cooperation in competition policy and law (CPL).  The OFC, through Assistant Secretary Geronimo L. Sy, served as Chair of the AEGC for 2013-2014.

For more information about the work and projects of the AEGC, please see link to the AEGC website or click here.

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Development policy research month
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14th Session of the UNCTAD Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE)
8-10 July 2014

Opening Statement
Delivered during the Peer Review of Philippine Competition Policy and Law held on 09 July 2014

by
Geronimo L. Sy
DOJ Assistant Secretary and  Head of Office for Competition

We thank everyone for the invaluable support.

We signed up for the voluntary peer review in the context of specifically engaging an UNCTAD mechanism for up close, personal feel on how a UN multilateral instrument can actually work for individual countries especially on a very specialized topic as competition policy and law.

Read more..

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Job Advertisement for Office of Competition:

One National Coordinator - for activities in the field of Competition Policy and Law, to be based at the Office for Competition (OFC) in Manila, Philippines

Economist / Financial Analyst - Economics Division

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Guidelines Governing the Implementation of Executive Order No. 45, series of 2011, Designating the Department of Justice as the Competition Authority

Download: Office for Competition (OFC) Guidelines

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Proclamation No. 384:

DECLARING 5 DECEMBER OF EVERY YEAR AS "NATIONAL COMPETITION DAY"

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“Advancing Economic Justice for All”

DOJ-OFC Holds Capacity-Building Workshop for Sectoral Regulators (News article)

The Department of Justice – Office for Competition (DOJ-OFC) successfully concluded the workshop entitled “Theory of Competition Law, Case Handling and Investigative Technique” at the Bohol Beach Club in Panglao Island, Bohol last March 6-10, 2012.

Held in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the participants which include members of the Office for Competition and representatives from the different sector regulators were briefed by the Filipino speakers, Dr. Rafaelita Aldaba of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and Dr. Ma. Joy Abrenica of the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE), on the basics of competition laws and policy, the need for a competition law and its effect on the economy. continue reading

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EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 45

The DOJ is hereby designated as the Competition Authority with the following duties and responsibilities:

a. Investigate all cases involving violations of competition laws and prosecute violators to prevent, restrain and punish monopolization, cartels and combinations in restraint of trade;

b. Enforce competition policies and laws to protect consumers from abusive, fraudulent, or harmful corrupt business practices;

c. Supervise competition in markets by ensuring that prohibitions and requirements of competition laws are adhered to, and to this end, call on other government agencies and/or entities for submission of reports and provision for assistance;

d. Monitor and implement measures to promote transparency and accountability in markets;

e. Prepare, publish and disseminate studies and reports on competition to inform and guide the industry and consumers; and

f. Promote international cooperation and strengthen Philippine trade relations with other countries, economies, and institutions in trade agreements.

The Office shall be manned by such number of staff including legal and technical experts, consultants and resource persons to effectively and efficiently pursue its mandate. The Secretary of Justice shall designate the Chief/Head and members of the said Office.

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DEPARTMENT ORDER NO. 844

Subject: DESIGNATION OF PERSONNEL FOR THE OFFICE FOR COMPETITION (OFC)

In the interest of the service and pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, Assistant Secretary GERONIMO L. SY, this Department, is hereby designated as Assistant Secretary-in-Charge for the Office for Competition (OFC) created under Executive Order No. 45 entitled "Designating the Department of Justice as the Competition Authority."

The OFC team is constituted with the following members:

A. National Bureau of Investigation

1. Investigation Agent II CATHERINE A. CAMPOSANO
2. Investigation Agent II FRAYN M. BANAWA

B. Legal Staff

5. State Counsel V MARLYN L. ANGELES
6. State Counsel IV BERNADETTE C. ONGOCO
7. State Counsel IV PRECIOUS L. POJAS
8. State Counsel IV ADONIS P. SULIT
9. State Counsel III NOEL O. ADRIATICO
10. State Counsel II MA. CHRISTINA V. ABALOS
11. State Counsel I FLORINA C. AGTARAP
12. State Counsel I KATRINA FRANCES M. DOMINGO

C. Office of the Government Corporate Counsel

13. Assistant Government Corporate Counsel RODOLFO C. SABIO
14. Government Corporate Attorney OWEN M. VIDAD

D. Office of the Solicitor General

15. Associate Solicitor I KAREN M. MALABANAN
16. Associate Solicitor I JOHN DALE A. BALLINAN
17. Associate Solicitor I MA. CRISTINA L. NAVARRO

The Office for Competition (OFC) may require the assistance and cooperation of relevant personnel in the performance of its functions.

This Order supersedes D.O. No. 876 dated December 23, 2010, takes effect immediately and shall remain in force until further orders.

(signed)
Hon. LEILA M. DE LIMA
Secretary

 

 

 

Speech - 29 February 2012

"Tools and Techniques for Detection and Investigation of Anti-Competitive Practices with Focus on Cartels"

by
Ambassador GUY LEDOUX

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Speech - 12 October 2011, 10:00am

COMPETITION: ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR ALL

by
Hon. LEILA M. DE LIMA
Secretary

 

Good morning to all of you, colleagues, partners and friends in the quest for good governance reforms under our dear President.

I thank you for the delightful invitation to your very timely event, “One. Global. Filipino, Driving Partnerships, Sharpening our Competitive Edge”.

But really, it is not the usual fare for a Secretary of Justice to talk to business titans and big executives in the matter of how business react, on the types of markets, or on the cutting edge issues of trade, investment, and competition. You are, after all, the experts and the economic engines of the country. Our only role in the Department is to support your goals, partner with you in your
innovations, and be your ally in development... continue reading Competition: Economic Justice for All

 

 

VISION

 

A just and peaceful society anchored on the principles of transparency, accountability, fairness and truth.

 


MISSION

Towards the effective, efficient and equitable administration of justice specifically economic justice that promotes a culture of competition and levels the playing field by providing guidance and enforcing competition policy and law.

 


PRINCIPLES

Fairness, Accountability and Transparency
Rules-based, Respect for Market Dynamics
Consultative and Participative

 


ORGANIZATIONAL CHART


ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS AND WORKING GROUPS

A. Advocacy and Partnerships

B. Business and Economics

C. Enforcement and Legal

D. Consumer Protection and Welfare

E. Policy and Planning

F. Administration

 

For more information about the Office for Competition, email:

Office for Competition
[email protected]

 

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Executive Order No. 45, 9 June 2011
Department Order No. 844, 10 October 2011