The Department of Justice Office for Competition (DOJ OFC), in partnership with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) of the Supreme Court, held a Roundtable Discussion on Competition Policy and Law with judges last 7 November 2012 at the Sofitel Plaza Manila.
The MCLE-accredited activity was designed to introduce the emerging field of competition policy and law to members of the judiciary. Judges of Makati, Pasay, Pasig, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, and Quezon City participated in the session towards the development of a workshop module.
“We are pleased to partner with the PHILJA and bring cutting-edge substantive law to the orbit of judicial training,” said Secretary Leila M. De Lima. PHILJA Chancellor Adolf S. Azcuna said “This is a first for both organizations to raise awareness on the impact of judicial decisions on economics and business.”
Professor Cielito F. Habito made an introductory presentation on the Competitive Standing of the Philippines in the Global Scene highlighted with gains of the present administration and pinpointing the main cause that hinders national development.
This was followed by a discussion by DOJ Assistant Secretary Geronimo L. Sy on the current competition framework and the existing laws that will be enforced. “We will move forward to engage all the stakeholders for a meaningful implementation of competition laws to protect consumers,” said Asec. Sy
Dean Pacifico A. Agabin, Commissioner Kim J. Henares, Chair Teresita J. Herbosa, DCA Raul B. Villanueva, Chair Edgardo B. Abon, Director Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba and Atty. Jose Claro Tesoro were among the resource persons and attendees.