The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC), in partnership with the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA, and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) MIMAROPA, conducted an online roadshow on competition law and policy last  August 17.

The event was participated in by MIMAROPA RDC Vice Chairperson Agustin C. Mendoza who is also Regional Director (RD) of NRO MIMAROPA, PCC Executive Director Dr. Kenneth V. Tanate, DTI MIMAROPA RD Joel B. Valera, directors and representatives of national and regional line agencies, provincial, city, and municipal planners and staff, presidents, professors, and students of state universities and colleges (SUCs), and private sector representatives.

In his opening remarks, RD  Mendoza emphasized the government’s response to maintain market efficiency and stimulate economic recovery in the region through the continuous implementation of the National Competition Policy (NCP). He added that government’s responses and interventions should be in line with the Philippine Competition Act (PCA) to address market failures and distortions that may arise from the COVID-19 crisis, which can consequently affect MIMAROPAns and the region’s market and economic growth.​​​​​​​

One of the highlights of the online roadshow was the presentation on the Overview of Competition Policy Assessment and Challenges in MIMAROPA.

During the presentation, Mendoza emphasized the need to prioritize critical transportation infrastructure projects that will connect the region’s island municipalities to the mainland to improve the mobility of people, goods, and services in MIMAROPA. He also highlighted how the completion of the Mindoro Island Circumferential Road Project, particularly the Abra de Ilog – Puerto Galera Road Section, will connect the northern section of Oriental Mindoro with Occidental Mindoro. 

Moreover, Valera presented the MIMAROPA Industry Profile.  This was followed by the presentations of PCC officials on basic concepts relative to the NCP and PCA.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Tanate expressed his gratitude to the MIMAROPA RDC members, business owners, and other stakeholders for their participation in the event.  He also recognized their roles in the achievement of sustained and inclusive economic growth in the region.