Essay Writing Competition 2016 Philippines

PCC Essay Writing Contest

With over 300 competition law and economics experts and key stakeholders in the business community, government, academe, and multilateral development institutions from across the globe, the 2018 Manila Forum provides a platform for an open discussion of the theory and practice of competition law and policy from a developing country perspective. Read more

The Philippine Competition Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations

The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) shall cover all the mandated functions and duties of the Philippine Competition Commission to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of the Philippine Competition Act. Read more

Roadmap Towards Fair Market Competition (In reference to Chapter 16 of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022)

For the first time in the country’s socio-economic planning history, a full chapter on competition has been included in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022. Read more


2017 Rules of Merger Procedure of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC)

The Rules on Merger Procedure of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has been published in a newspaper of general circulation on 23 November 2017. The Rules on Merger Procedure shall be used to guide PCC and its stakeholders on M&A notification process, phase 1 and phase 2 review, remedies, adjudication, confidentiality, as well as fines and penalties. Download

Download Merger Review Guidelines

The guidelines serve as a step-by-step in the Merger Notification and Review Process based on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippine Competition Act. Download

Download Notification Form

Changes have been made to the PCC Merger Notification Form. Notification submissions to the PCC from September 1, 2016 onwards must use the newest version of the form. Download

Download Checklist to the Notification Form

The checklist below serves as a guide for Notifying Parties in filling up the Merger Notification Form with regard to Section 5: Operations of the Parties in the Philippines, Section 6: Horizontal and Vertical Relationships, and Section 7: Documents to be Submitted. This checklist need not be submitted to the Philippine Competition Commission as part of the Form. Download

Download Sample Accomplished Notification Form and Appendices

The sample accomplished notification form and appendices below serve as a guide for notifying parties in submitting required documents to the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). Download

Download Model Request for Extension of Time and Waiver

This model request should be used by notifying parties in requesting for extensions of time from the Mergers and Acquisitions Office in cases where the subject transaction is already at Phase 1 or 2 review. Download

Download Sample Template for Claims of Confidentiality

This Sample Template should be used by notifying parties in requesting for claims of confidentiality on information to be submitted with the PCC. Download

Download Model Request for Consideration of Commitments


Memorandum Circular No. 17-002: Revised Rules on Payment of Fees for Notification and Review of Mergers and Acquisitions

As approved by the PCC on 15 June 2017, the following revised rules on payment of fees for notification and review of proposed M&As are hereby adopted. Download

Draft Guidelines on Notification Thresholds released for public comments

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) invites stakeholders and interested individuals to submit their comments on the draft Guidelines on Notification Thresholds, which aims to guide businesses in determining whether they meet the notification thresholds under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10667. Download


2017 Rules of Procedure of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC)

The 2017 Rules of Procedure of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has been published today, 15 September 2017, in two national newspapers of general circulation (the Philippine Star and Manila Bulletin). The Rules of Procedure shall apply to investigations, hearings, and proceedings of the PCC, except to matters involving mergers and acquisitions unless otherwise provided in the issuances and guidelines governing the same. Download

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9485, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) hereby issues its citizen’s charter to inform its stakeholders of PCC’s standard procedures and frontline services. Download

Philippine Transparency Seal

National Budget Circular 542, issued by the Department of Budget and Management on August 29, 2012, reiterates compliance with Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of FY2012.

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This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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Organized by

The Goi Peace Foundation

Endorsed by

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc.

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Past Winning Essays


Q1Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?

A1No, you must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2018, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1993. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.

Q2Is there a fee for participating in this contest?

A2No, participation is free of charge.

Q3Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest?

A3A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world.

Q4My essay is a little over 700 words. Is it acceptable?

A4No, essays must be 700 words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count.

Q5Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit?

A5No, the 700 word count limit is for the body of the essay only.

Q6Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?

A6No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file.

Q7Can I give any title to my essay?

A7Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme.

Q8Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?

A8There are no particular rules regarding formatting. However, your essay file should be submitted in either MS Word(DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.

Q9Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?

A9If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.

Q10Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?

A10No. Please send your essay only.

Q11Can I submit my essay via email?

A11No, we do not accept entries by email. Please submit your essay either by postal mail or through the online registration page:* This link will be activated soon.

Q12Can I submit a hand-written essay?

A12Yes, we accept hand-written essays. You can either send it by postal mail or submit a scanned PDF copy through the online registration page:* This link will be activated soon.

Q13Can I submit more than one essay?

A13Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages. Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online.

Q14Can I submit my essay in my native language?

A14Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.

Q15Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team?

A15No. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

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