The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Australian National University (ANU), in cooperation with the Philippine Competition Commission, will hold a conference titled, "Regulation and Governance in the Philippines: Development Policy Challenges for the New Administration". The Manila Conference 2017 will be held on 18-19 October 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

This conference explores what regulation may mean in shaping a new governance paradigm in the Philippines. What is the state of regulation in the Philippines? What role will regulation play in relation to the country’s economic and political development? In this two-day seminar, expert panels will discuss existing regulatory barriers and burdens affecting the growth of major industries in the Philippines. Speakers will compare various regulatory models, including experiences from other jurisdictions, to assist in developing a coherent and effective regulatory framework that is relevant to the needs and context of the Philippines. Discussants will also consider the role of international and regional standards in reshaping rules and practices and in fostering a culture of responsive regulation in the Philippines. The seminar is also an opportunity to discuss the Duterte administration’s economic agenda and other pressing political issues that may impact on the economic prospects for the Philippines in 2017 and beyond.

The seminar features a half day interactive workshop focused on developing a research program for the ANU Philippines Project, PIDS, and other interested research and policy institutions. The workshop aims to foster research collaboration between Philippine and Australian institutions and to produce policy-engaged research on salient economic, trade, political, and governance challenges in the Philippines.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please contact the PIDS Public Affairs at tel. nos. 877-4032 (Necy), 877-4025 (Reyn), or email


Opening Remarks by Dr. Gilberto Llanto, President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

The Philippine Economy: No Longer the East Asian Exception?
Hal Hill, Australian National University

What Does it Take to Eliminate Poverty in 25 Years?
Ramon L. Clarete, University of the Philippines at Diliman

Formulating Reforms in the Philippine Electoral System: Insights from the ‘ELECTORAL SYSTEM REDESIGN FOR DEVELOPMENT’ Project
Paul Hutchcroft, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Studies, Australian National University

Regulating Institutions:Enabling Competition Policy in the Philippines
Stella Luz A. Quimbo, Philippine Competition Commission

Competition Policy and Economic Development: An Asian Perspective
James Roumasset, University of Hawaii and EPDP

Regulation in the Philippines: Prospects, Challenges, and Comparative Perspectives 
Gilberto Llanto, PIDS

Regulation and Oversight in Local Governance Reform
Francisco Magno, Jesse M Robredo Institute of Governance, De La Salle University 

Regulation in the Philippines: Prospects, challenges, and comparative  perspectives
Ms. Lyn Javier, Central Bank of the Philippines

Regulating for Health
Prof. Sharon Friel, Australian National University

Electricity Regulation
Atty. Francis Saturnino Juan, Philippine Electricity Market Corporation

Regulating the Shared Economy: Insights from Grab’s Experience in SE Asia
Marian Panganiban, Grab Southeast Asia

What Regulatory Rights Do States Owe Their Citizens in the 21st Century?
Veronica L. Taylor, Australian National University

Rights-Based Regulation and the Role of Civil Society:  Case Study of Sin Taxation
Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III, Action for Economic Reforms

Justice and Human Rights Under the Present Dispensation
Dean Jose M. I. Diokno, De La Salle University College of Law

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