2019 PCC Long-term Research Program

CALL FOR PROPOSALS   1. The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) launches its PCC Long-term Research Program (PLRP) to advance research in the field of competition policy and law (CPL) in the Philippines. The program aims to encourage scholarly research to support merger and acquisition reviews, competition enforcement and advocacy initiatives of the PCC; fund research projects on… continue reading ››

Leniency Program

Cartels—businesses conniving to manipulate the market to their advantage—cause significant harm to consumers by engaging in coordinated anti-competitive behavior such as price-fixing, bid-rigging, output restriction, and market allocation. These acts are prohibited under Republic Act No. 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act (PCA). The penalties for violating the PCA can be very severe. Aside from… continue reading ››

Bid rigging is against the law!

BID RIGGING occurs when competitors coordinate their actions to manipulate the outcome of a bidding process to their benefit. Bid rigging is illegal under Republic Act No. 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act (PCA). It undermines the essence of a competitive bidding process, which purpose is to achieve better value for money. Bid rigging can affect… continue reading ››

Guidelines on Notification of Joint Ventures

Guidelines on Notification of Joint Ventures   The Mergers and Acquisitions Office (MAO) of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) implements the Guidelines on Notification of Joint Ventures in order to offer clarification and explanation with regard to (i) joint ventures; and (ii) the application of the thresholds under the Implementing Rules and Regulations to joint ventures…. continue reading ››

PCC binds Grab to service quality, price conditions for Uber takeover

PRESS RELEASE 2018-014 10 August 2018   PCC binds Grab to service quality, price conditions for Uber takeover   The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) subjected Grab’s acquisition of Uber in the Philippines to service quality and pricing standards in clearing the transaction. These conditions for clearance were part of the voluntary commitments signed by Grab… continue reading ››

PCC: Trans-Asia deal voided and fined; Chelsea-2Go transaction cleared

PRESS RELEASE 2018-011 3 July 2018   PCC: Trans-Asia deal voided and fined; Chelsea-2Go transaction cleared   The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) nullified the acquisition by Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc. and imposed a P22.8M fine for their failure to notify the antitrust commission about the transaction in December 2016. The… continue reading ››

PCC: Trans-Asia deal voided and fined; Chelsea-2Go transaction cleared

PRESS RELEASE 2018-011 3 July 2018   PCC: Trans-Asia deal voided and fined; Chelsea-2Go transaction cleared   The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) nullified the acquisition by Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc. and imposed a P22.8M fine for their failure to notify the antitrust commission about the transaction in December 2016. The… continue reading ››