Philippine Regulator Says Pandemic Risks “Distorting” Market Competition

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced on Thursday, May 28,  the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for policies that protect small businesses.

Anti-competitive behaviors during a crisis such as untimely mergers and acquisitions might xeof closing firms, PCC chairman Arsenio Balisacan told ANC.

“There is risk of lessening competition and distorting market structures due to public responses to the crisis. Competitive processes during the recovery build robust foundation for sustained and inclusive growth,” Balisacan said.

The PCC was asked to comment on stimulus bills that are pending in Congress, Balisacan said. It is also working with lawmakers on competition law and policy.

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