Public Service Act Amendments
The few players in the market has led to Filipino consumers experiencing high prices and poor services in essential public utilities. This is due to the ambiguity of the laws and policies governing public utilities including the Constitution, the Public Service Act, other sector-specific laws, rules and regulations, as well as Supreme Court decisions. The advocacy aims to identify and pursue potential avenues to increase competition and investment in public utilities, ensuring that the concerns of stakeholders are towards improved quality and equitable access to public utilities among Filipinos, and to enable them to function and compete globally.
Well-developed infrastructure can substantially contribute to improving efficiency in delivery of basic services, spur the domestic economy, and keep the country competitive in an increasingly integrated and global market. While the Philippines has seen an increase in public sector spending on infrastructure, government resources are limited, so there is a need to tap alternative sources of financing.
Public-private partnership (PPP) is one such alternative, and it represents a potentially significant source of much needed investment that will boost infrastructure development. The challenge lies in strengthening the existing legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for PPP in order to maximize this potential.
The Infrastructure Policy Group of the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF-IPG) aims to contribute to improving the PPP framework through policy recommendations grounded on the principles of transparency, fair competition, appropriate risk allocation, and value-for-money project selection.
Election Service Reform
Current election laws mandate public school teachers to serve as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) or Board of Election Tellers (BETs). With this policy are perennial problems such as (1) delayed compensation of honoraria and allowances, (2) occupational hazards and injury, (3) undue lawsuits such as harassment, (4) disenfranchisement from voting, (5) politicization for commission of electoral fraud, (6) election-related violence, and (7) lack of option for teachers to serve or not.FEF-CPE’s initiative aims to protect and support our teachers by making election service optional for them and opening opportunities for private citizens to serve; and to provide more benefits for the welfare of our BEIs. The campaign was lodged under the FEF’s Center for Political Economy (CPE) from 2013-2014. Recognizing the importance of having a political environment conducive for economic development to occur, the Center was established to manage FEF’s political reform-oriented advocacy.
Oppose renewable energy subsidies
The National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) petition for rule-making to set a feed in tariff rate to subsidize the profits of renewable energy manufacturers is irregular, oppressive and not in accordance with law.
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FEF defended the decision to allow oil prices to seek their market level. Oil subsidies were “anti-poor” because these diverted scarce public funds from social services that will benefit lower income groups, to subsidies for richer Filipinos who consumed as much as fifty times more gasoline per capita than lower income Filipinos who relied on public mass transport.
From 1998 to 2000, FEF partnered with several groups to assist in the passage of the Liberalization of the Retail Trade Act. FEF’s research staff supported legislators with research to help craft the liberalization law; and at the same time, FEF mounted a nationwide information campaign about how an inefficient retail system was harming the poor. This new law increased investments in the retail sector and brought down prices through more efficient distribution of goods.
FEF started to concentrate on governance reforms in 2001, specifically the reengineering of the corruption-prone Bureau of International Revenue (BIR). FEF provided research support to legislators and initiated a public information campaign to win support.