Event Details

Competition in the market plays a vital role in encouraging innovation and efficiency as drivers of economic growth. Needless to say, a competitive market challenges businesses to lower prices of goods and services and offer adequate and affordable options to consumers.

In 2015, the Philippine Competition Act was passed as the primary competition policy of the Philippines for promoting and protecting the competitive market. This law has been enacted to prevent anti-competitive business practices, abuse of market power and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions, among others. Now more than ever, the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic accentuated the importance of a strong policy that drives market competition while protecting consumer welfare.

The Joint Foreign Chambers of Philippines' online session on 11 June 2021 entitled "Enhancing Competition for Competitiveness and Economic Recovery" aims to serve as a platform for the Philippine Competition Commission (PhCC) to highlight its updates, plans, and priorities moving forward to the economy's recovery for 2021. This event will also showcase the PhCC's mandates, advocacies, and achievements amidst the hit of the unprecedented crisis.

Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees via a separate email. For registration inquiries, please contact Katrina Baligod or Mazel Salazar at advocacy@eccp.com.


  • Arsenio Balisacan (Chairperson at Philippine Competition Commission)

    Arsenio Balisacan

    Chairperson at Philippine Competition Commission


    Chairman Arsenio M. Balisacan is an economist with extensive high-level policymaking practice and a well-recognized scholar in Asia on economic development, inequality, poverty, and political economy of policy reforms.

    A member of the University of the Philippines School of Economics faculty for over three decades, Professor Balisacan is serving as the first Chairperson of the Philippine Competition Commission. He was Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and concurrent Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority in 2012-2016.

    Previous to his Cabinet appointment, he was Dean of the UP School of Economics, Director-Chief Executive of the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, and Undersecretary for Policy and Planning of the Department of Agriculture. Before joining the UP faculty in 1987, he was Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu and Economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

    He is a lifetime Member-Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST Philippines), the country’s top peer-elected body serving as principal adviser to the nation on science, technology, and innovation for national development.

    Chairman Balisacan pursued his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii, MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, and B.S. in Agriculture (magna cum laude) from the Mariano Marcos State University.

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  • Atty. Michael Macapagal (Partner at Quisumbing Torres)

    Atty. Michael Macapagal

    Partner at Quisumbing Torres

    Michael Macapagal is a partner in Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He heads the Restructuring & Insolvency Focus Group and is a member of the Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Industry Group, the Compliance and Competition focus groups. He has 12 years of legal practice involving arbitration, civil and criminal litigation, competition, construction, compliance, labor law, intellectual property law, public private partnerships and project finance.  He is a Member and the Deputy Secretary General for Case Administration of the Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution of which is also an accredited arbitrator.
    Michael is also a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law and the Manuel L. Quezon University, where he teaches criminal and civil law courses. He is also a regular lecturer on international arbitration and competition law at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) sessions hosted by the University of the Philippines Law Center. He has been recently cited as a Next Generation Partner in Dispute Resolution as well as Real Estate and Construction by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for 2020-2021.

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  • Atty. Christina Macasaet-Acaban (Partner at Quisumbing Torres)

    Atty. Christina Macasaet-Acaban

    Partner at Quisumbing Torres


    Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban is a partner, and the head of the Corporate & Commercial/M&A Practice Group, the Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group, and the Competition Focus Group, in Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International. She is a member of Baker & McKenzie's Asia Pacific Healthcare & Life Sciences Steering Committee, the Asia Pacific Competition Steering Committee and the Asia Pacific M&A Steering Committee. She has 22 years of experience advising and representing multinational corporations on domestic and cross-border transactions.
    She is cited as a Leading Individual in Corporate and M&A by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019-2021, Distinguished practitioner for Corporate and M&A by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021, and Highly Regarded Lawyer in Corporate and M&A by the IFLR1000-Financial and Corporate guide for 2019-2020. She was also a Finalist in the Woman Lawyer of the Year 2018 award by the Asia Legal Business Philippines. Christina was recognized as a 2020 Who’s Who Legal: Competition Future Leader for Competition.
    Christina's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments and structuring, antitrust and competition, and corporate reorganizations and restructuring for a range of industries including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, real estate, consumer goods and retail, and manufacturing.

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JFC Members

This ticket applies to companies and organizations that are members of any of the seven members of the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines

Standard Price Free

This ticket applies to companies and organizations that are NOT members of any of the seven members of the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines

Standard Price ₱500
JFC and PhCC Guests (for approval)

This ticket can be used by representatives from Philippine government, academe, and PhCC guests

Standard Price Free