The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2015

Philippines: Department of Justice

20 February 2015

The development of competition law in the Philippines dates back to as early as 1925, making it the first country in Asia to have a competition law. However, a unique attribute of the Philippine competition policy regime is its adoption of a sectoral approach to competition policy and law (CPL). As such, the Philippines has more than 30 industry-specific and consumer-related competition laws, including provisions in its criminal, civil and corporation codes. The other competition-specific laws are enforced by more than 60 sector regulators.