Working with the Government

From June to December 2022, the Makati Business Club (MBC)  reached out and met with key economy managers from different government departments and offices – such as BSP, BIR, DOF, DOLE, DOTr, DPWH, DTI, HOR, QC and Pasig LGUs  – to discuss the priorities of the offices and offer the support of the business sector.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

On June 8, MBC met with Incoming NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan to ask how we can assist him and the government and discuss infrastructure and a range of other economic subjects. 

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Department of Finance

On June 20, MBC met with with incoming Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno to ask how we can assist him and the government and discuss public-private partnerships, tax reforms, and a range of other economic subjects.

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Department of Trade and Industry

On July 4, Sec. Pascual shared his top priorities which included digital transformation of DTI and MSMEs, promote agribusiness, amplify tech & innovation for industrialization,, commercialize research outputs of HEIs, among others.

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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

On July 18, MBC met with DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma to offer to assist the department with its initiatives. Also discussed were the BPO sector’s work-from-home issue, labor contracting, apprenticeship, and worker safety.

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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

On July 22, MBC and BSP Governor Felipe Medalla discussed inflation; digitalization for EODB, including e-receipts and e-invoices; Philippine ID System; credit-scoring especially for MSMEs; and lifting the Bank Secrecy Law.

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Bureau of Internal Revenue

On July 26, MBC virtually met with BIR Commissioner Lilia Guillermo to offer the business sector’s support for digitalization and other areas. MBC and individual participants agreed to provide specific assistance to the agency on e-receipts and in other key projects.

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Department of Transportation

On August 3, MBC met with DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista to discuss road, rail, air, and sea projects, with an emphasis on PPPs. Topics included busway and railway systems, airlines, maritime and shipping, and active mobility to name a few.

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Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

On August 8, MBC met with DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan, along with Usecs. Cathy Cabral and Emil Sadain, to discuss how the private sector can support the government’s infrastructure agenda.

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House of Representatives

On August 18, MBC met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and expressed its support for administration priority bills such as the Amendments to the BOT and EPIRA laws, among others.

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Quezon City LGU

On Aug. 22, MBC met with Quezon City LGU Mayor Joy Belmonte to offer the private sector’s help with her priorities. We also discussed permits, e-permits, and other ease-of-doing-business issues, greenways and active transportation, public-private partnerships, and circular economy initiatives.

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Pasig City LGU

On September 16, the Makati Business Club met with Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to talk about Freedom of Information, Digital Democracy, and Biking for Business advocacies and projects of MBC. Mayor Vico  expressed support for projects that test Pasig LGU’s transparency and FOI initiatives.

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Department of Energy

On October 5, the Makati Business Club met with DOE Secretary Popo Lotilla and Undersecretaries Garin, Fuentebella, Giovanni, Bacordo, and Sales to show support in efforts of DOE in attracting private sector investment to boost supply.

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Makati City LGU

On October 17, the Makati Business Club met with Makati Mayor Abby Binay to offer the private sector’s support and assistance for her transparency and active transport initiatives, and to discuss her plans on improving the ease of doing business.

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MBC closed its 2022 Eco Meeting Series last December. MBC Chair Edgar O. Chua, along with Trustees Rizalina Mantaring and Lito Tayag, met with NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, PhD to present jobs and infra reports done by MBC Economy Team.

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Energy Regulatory Commission

MBC met with ERC Chairwoman Monalisa C. Dimalanta and expressed support for the constant collaboration between ERC, the Department of Energy, National Transmission Co. (Transco), and industry players to find solutions to the many challenges in the sector.

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ANC Interview on MBC's Economy Dashboard and Government Meetings

MBC Executive Director Coco Alcuaz joined ANC’s Market Edge on August 18 to showcase MBC’s Economy Dashboard and to share meetings with key cabinet members in the past few months. Alcuaz highlighted the goal of the #EconomyDashboard of providing an online and more real-time tool for decision-makers, executives, and even policy makers.