Sector

Sector Recommendation Status Action Taken
Maritime Passing of the Co-Loading Bill Implemented The Senate version of the co-loading bill was ratified by both Houses of Congress in June 2015 and now awaits the President's signature to be passed into law. Details
ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative Industries Establishment of DICT On-going We continue to actively be on alert for any progress in the establishment of a DICT Details
Automotive, Parts, Lubricants, and Fuels Strengthening of CARS Not Applicable EO 182 promulgates the CARS program but the IRR still needs to be understood Details
Agriculture Amendments to the IRR for the registration of organic input producers and licensing of organic input establishments On-going EPBN attended relevant stakeholder consultations and submitted a position paper highlighting our advocacies to the FDA. The draft Rules and Regulations remain with the legal division of the Department of Agriculture. Details
Agriculture Harmonization of national organic certification rules and regulations with international standards On-going Details
Agriculture Revision of the list of controlled and regulated chemicals in line with international standards On-going We have addressed this issue with Department of Agriculture leadership and continue to engage the authorities to seek harmonization of rules and regulations. Details
Agriculture Removal of the 3% import duty on NPKs On-going We have addressed this issue with Department of Agriculture leadership and continue to engage the authorities to seek harmonization of rules and regulations. Details
Agriculture Inclusion of agricultural inputs in EU-PHL FTA negotiations On-going In the case that negotiations start between the EU and the Philippines for an FTA, we will actively advocate for this position. Details
Automotive, Parts, Lubricants, and Fuels Successful implementation of Euro 4 On-going Details
Automotive, Parts, Lubricants, and Fuels Inclusion of the vehicle sector in EU-PHL FTA negotiations On-going We will seek to actively engage with EU stakeholders to include this sector, if EU-Philippine negotiations for an FTA take place. Details
Automotive, Parts, Lubricants, and Fuels Development and implementation of more stringent customs procedures On-going Details
Automotive, Parts, Lubricants, and Fuels Streamlining of requirements set by specific agencies On-going Details
Agriculture Full implementation and promulgation of IRR in line with priority UNECE regulations On-going Details
Consumer Goods and Retail Amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act On-going Details
Consumer Goods and Retail Adoption of international benchmarks for food standards On-going Details
Consumer Goods and Retail Recognition and acceptance of internationally recognized standard certifications by FDA On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Development of a National Energy Roadmap On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Formulation and promulgation of the RPS Rules and Regulations On-going The EPBN Energy and Renewable Energy Committee has addressed this issue directly to the Department of Energy and we are currently waiting for feedback. Details
Energy and Renewables Public-private cooperation for grid upgrade infrastructure projects On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Clear definitions of responsibilities relating to the grid On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Creation of a one-stop shop for the privatization process On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Creation of a power supply inventory On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Increase FIT-All ceiling for wind power to 500 MW On-going Details
Energy and Renewables No changes of rates for solar power FIT-All On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Clarification on the load capacity of existing transmission lines, before award of connection agreements by NGCP On-going Details
Energy and Renewables 100% foreign ownership for wind, solar and biomass developers On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Recognition of the advanced technology of diesel-solar hybrid application in the ERC regulation On-going Details
Energy and Renewables No new filing with the ERC for a retrofit of solar to an existing diesel plant On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Full implementation of the RE Act of 2008 On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Implementation of national standards for lighting in line with international standards On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Facilitation of self-generation through targeted provisions On-going Details
Energy and Renewables Creation of a National Energy Council On-going Details
Tax and Financial Services Measures to combat non-compliance On-going Details
Tax and Financial Services Extension of the penalty system for tariff violations in the insurance sector On-going Details
Tax and Financial Services Implementation of the Data Privacy Act On-going Based on the provisions of R.A. 10173, the National Privacy Commission is mandated to produce the IRR of the Data Privacy Act. However, there the National Privacy Commission is to be attached to the DICT, which does not yet exist. We continue to engage with government stakeholders to highlight the importance of the Data Privacy Act and seek solutions to this, either through the creation of a DICT or amendments to R.A. 10173 which will allow the National Privacy Commission to be attached to DOST. Details
Human Capital Removal of the practice of professions from the FINL On-going Details
Human Capital Definition of stricter guidelines and accreditation procedures for online transnational education opportunities On-going Details
Human Capital Simplification of the system for recognition of foreign qualifications On-going Details
Human Capital Creation fo a public-private TWG on skill development and training On-going Details
Human Capital Development of programs to incentive talent retention On-going Details
ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative Industries Creation of industry-specific short training courses, led by TESDA in cooperation with the private sector On-going Details
ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative Industries Career mentoring program for students in their final years of secondary education, on skills needed in the ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative industries sector On-going Details
ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative Industries Establishment of a DICT On-going Details
ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative Industries Introduction of a requirement for building owners to provide direct meters for individual tenants On-going Details
ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative Industries Implementation of energy efficiency requirements for buildings to become PEZA-accredited On-going Details
Infrastructure and Transportation Amendments to R.A. to improve the implementation of PPP projects On-going Details
Infrastructure and Transportation Approval of the PPP Act by the House of Representatives On-going Details
ICT-BPM-KPM-Creative Industries Improvements to the public procurement framework On-going Details
Infrastructure and Transportation Amendents to the IRR of PCAB, in line with the provisions of the 1987 Constitution and legal framework governing the construction sector in the Philippines On-going Details
Manufacturing Development of dedicated Domestic/ Export Industrial Zones On-going Details
Manufacturing Creation of one-stop shops for all investors, not just those located in PEZA zones On-going Details
Manufacturing Inclusion of energy efficiency equipment for PEZA-registered companies under VAT and import tax exemptions On-going Details
Manufacturing Introduction of VAT exemption on electricity power for manufacturers in priority sub-sectors or investments outside the main manufacturing areas On-going Details
Manufacturing Creation of a PPP task force for a centralized and transparent approach to enforcement and monitoring of industrial practices On-going Details
Manufacturing Enforcement of targeted action to eradicate smuggling On-going Details
Manufacturing Infrastructure development to facilitate the transportation of goods On-going Details
Maritime Creation of a comprehensive port infrastructure development roadmap On-going Details
Maritime Disbursement of the budget which has been allocated to MARINA activities by DBM On-going Details
Maritime Development and adoption of a long term roadmap with clear objectives ad benchmarks for MARINA On-going Details
Maritime Development and adoption of a long term roadmap with clear objectives ad benchmarks for MARINA On-going Details
Maritime Creation of a new body within POEA to deal exclusively with the international recruitment of seafarers On-going Details
Maritime Reform of the seafarers' claim system to improve ruling procedures and eliminate the phenomenon of "ambulance chasing" On-going Details
Maritime Further amendment of R.A. 8424 to revise CCT and GPBT provisions to cover international air and sea cargoes On-going Details
Healthcare Appointment of a dedicated UHC lead, who will bring together an inter-agency task force to develop the necessary policy, budget and operational recommendations to improve UHC application On-going Details
Healthcare Modernization of the Philippine National Formulary, through an updated, fit-for purpose PNF and a transparent, efficient PNF listing process On-going Details
Healthcare Operational and strategic strengthening of the FDA, including the fast-track review of the proposed 5-year business plan On-going Details
Healthcare Adoption, implementation and enforcement of the Mexico City Principles On-going Details
Tourism Extension of R.A. 10378 provisions to include the exemption of cargo from CCT and GPBT On-going Details
Tourism Amendments to paragraph 4.3. of RR No. 15-2013 to ensure preferential income tax rates or exemption of income tax for offline carriers On-going Details
Tourism Inclusion of specific measures for strengthened security in the IRR for the creation and operation of TIEZA zones On-going Details
Tourism Increase and institutionalization of the "tourism-oriented police for security and safety" On-going Details
Tourism Inclusion of the limited nature of security concerns in tourism promotion campaigns On-going Details
Tourism Adoption of incentives for foreign players in the tourism industry, following best practices seen abroad On-going Details
Tourism Application of more consistent and detailed data collection methodologies for the supply side of tourism by DOT On-going Details
Tourism Improvement of tourism transportation infrastructure, including air, sea, and road travel Implemented The DOT has created a TWG with the EPBN Tourism Committee and other relevant government agencies to work on improvements which will support the further development of the marine tourism industry. We continue to actively seek solutions for other infrastructure issues, such as ongoing concerns regarding NAIA, through a series of meetings with DOT, MIAA and other relevant agencies. Details

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