NEDA hosted the 3rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (ASEAN-OECD) Good Regulatory Practice Network (GRPN) Meeting at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City from March 14-16, 2017.  The 3-day meeting was attended by some 85 delegates and senior officers of planning, trade and industry regulatory ministries/departments of member ASEAN countries.

Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia welcomed the delegates and guests during the opening ceremonies in March 14. The Philippine delegates led by USec. Rosemarie G. Edillon included Usec Adoracion M. Navarro, Usec. Roland G. Tungpalan, Usec Miguel R. dela Rosa, ASec Ruben S. Reinoso, Asec. Carlos Bernardo O. Abad Santos, Dir. Roderick M. Planta, Dir. Brenda Joyce R. Mendoza, OIC-Dir. Remedios S. Endencia, OIC-Dir. Thelma C. Manuel and Governance. Delegates from NRO VI led by RD Ro-Ann A. Bacal included ARD Raul S. Anlocotan, DC Ma. Lourdes B. Miado of PFPD, DC Gilberto A. Altura and Sr. EDS Roanni L. Magdaug both of PDIPBD.

The first day focused on connecting ASEAN thru good regulatory practices (GRP), linking ASEAN SMEs to the global value chain thru GRP, and samples of good practices and principles in GRP from New Zealand, OECD experience on GRP, ERIA studies on ASEAN GRP practices, and initiatives on competitiveness and GRP in the Philippines. The Philippine experience was shared by Mr. Guillermo Luz of the National Competitiveness Council who described the changes and initiatives of the NCC, such as institutionalizing competitiveness ranking of LGUs, business processing and licensing system (BPLS), and the Project Repeal.

The second day session was opened by Usec. Zeny Maglaya of the Department of Trade and Industry and described regulatory challenges and good practices in SME GRP being done in the Philippines. The second day topic focused on GVC, SMEs and GRP on ASEAN, and regulatory challenges and opportunities in integrating SMEs to GVCs. Two workshops were later conducted where intense discussion among the delegates were shared from ASEAN member countries highlighting their experiences, obstacles and achievements in promoting SMEs to GVC.

The third day session was opened by the Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita Z. Herbosa who detailed the roles and scope of the SEC in business regulation, as well as planned initiatives to improve the Philippine business environment. The topics on the day focused on UK and OECD experience in GRP, presenting a regulatory model being done by the UK Government Regulatory Directorate.

Secretary Pernia and senior NEDA officers also took time to visit NRO VI for the blessing of the newly-constructed 2-storey dormitory. The P7M dormitory will accommodate guests from various regions and provinces who come to visit the NRO VI for trainings, workshops, and for meetings of the Regional Development Council and its committees. (RLMagdaug/PDIPBD)