SSS to launch COVID calamity loan program on April 24 The right of domestic vessels to exclusively engage in coastwise transportation dates back to the s when the country was under American rule. The authorities then believed the protectionist policy was necessary to promote the development of the local shipping industry. They also felt that, as against foreign sailors, the familiarity of Filipino ship operators with maritime and weather conditions in the country contributes to safety in local sea travel. Objections There were several attempts in the past to either repeal the law or allow foreign-registered vessels to engage in coastwise transportation, depending on their load capacity or the point of origin of the goods or passengers they carry. Strong opposition from local shipping operators and maritime workers, including arrastre workers have, however, stymied these moves.
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President Benigno S. Sa pamamagitan ng dalawang panukalang batas na pinagtibay natin sa araw na ito, tinatanggal natin ang mga baluktot na kalakarang dulot ng kawalan ng kumpetisyon, na walang nadadalang pakinabang sa ating mamamayan," Aquino said in a speech on Tuesday, July This is a proof that we are not easily contented with what has been done. Instead, we find possibilities to maximize the benefits for our bosses. Through these two laws, we are changing the crooked ways of lack of competition in business which do not benefit the people.
Both measures, Schumacher added, will benefit the Filipino consumer who potentially gets better goods and services at a better price. New era of doing business The Philippine Competition Act finally gives the country its own law guiding competition, an area where the country has lagged behind most of the world and its ASEAN neighbors. It is among the longest-running pending measures in Congress, taking 25 years before hurdling the legislative mill.
The end goal is to benefit consumers with more choices and lower prices — products of market competition. Read: What consumers need to know about the PH Competition Act Businesses, whether big or small, will now be on equal footing as the law penalizes anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant players, he explained. Now, finally, both small and big businesses, the competition will be on producing high-quality products sold at reasonable prices, not [prices] based on under the table transactions or connections.
Cartels , exemplified by the unwarranted spike in garlic prices last year, will also be eliminated under the law, he added. The President will appoint a chairperson, 4 commissioners, and an executive director.
The independent quasi-judicial body is tasked to look into anti-competitive behaviors, abuses in dominant positions, and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions. No penalties will be meted out within the first two years of implementation, however, in order to give firms found guilty time to restructure and reform.
The full positive effects of the law are expected to be felt in the next administration, in view of the time it will take to appoint the commission, constitute the implementing rules and regulations, and the transition period of the law. The law allows foreign ships carrying imported cargoes and cargoes for export to dock in multiple ports in the country.
The Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act is seen to reduce logistics costs for producers, create a more efficient import and export system, and lead to lower prices for consumers. The law will also help decongest the major ports in the country. Magsaysay-Ho stressed, however, that port infrastructure needs to be improved and that the private sector and government should work on a plan that addresses how to cluster production areas near ports and highways to further improve efficiency.
Aquino signs PH Competition Act, amended Cabotage law
Etymology[ edit ] The term "cabotage" is borrowed from French. It is derived from caboter which means "to travel along the coast". The origin of caboter is obscure: it may come from cap or cabo "cape", or it may refer to a type of boat. Attempts to link the name to the Italian explorer Cabot are not supported by evidence. The Passenger Vessel Services Act of states that no foreign vessels shall transport passengers between ports or places in the United States, either directly or by way of a foreign port.
Philippines Repeal Cabotage Law
The Philippine cabotage regime: A level playing field? Effectively, foreign vessels are prohibited to ply domestic routes carrying passengers and cargo, except under special albeit discretionary circumstances. After foreign goods are brought into a Philippine port of entry, domestic shippers are to transship these to the final point of destination, thus entailing additional costs which are eventually passed on to consumers. The restriction resulted in the local shipping industry being dominated by very few players. A study by a government think tank suggested that the lack of competition in the industry contributed to high consumer prices and slow modernization. Now, the rules have changed. Geared towards the primary objective of promoting competition in the maritime cargo shipping industry, RA or the Cabotage Act was signed into law by President Benigno S.
Review of Cabotage Law