Dr. Kim (first row, in suit), Director Saliendres (to Dr. Kim’s left), and the participants from different government agencies gather for a class picture during the Training Course on Regulatory Impact Analysis in Baguio City.

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), through its program on Modernizing Government Regulations (MGR) and in partnership with the Asian Productivity Organization, recently conducted a four-day training course on Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) for regulatory agencies at the Baguio Burnham Suites Hotel in Baguio City.

The training, the third for this year after two successful runs in Cebu and in Manila, featured Dr. Shin Kim, a seasoned RIA practitioner from the Korea Institute of Public Administration, and was designed to enable regulatory agencies to conduct RIA toward improving the quality of existing and future regulations.

Significance of RIA

DAP Productivity Research Development Office Director Monica D. Saliendres said that businesses are continuously saddled by multiple regulations of government agencies and local government units. She mentioned that through the MGR Program’s continuous capacity building activities on RIA for regulation authorities, the use of evidence in policy making is promoted and the incidence of regulatory failure may be reduced.

Dr. Kim also stressed that, through RIA, legitimacy of regulatory proposals can be increased, the effect of regulations can be improved and the costs of enforcement for both the government and businesses can be eased.

Participating Agencies

The 35 participants who completed the course were able to evaluate existing regulations of their respective agencies through data-driven analytical methods such as proportionate analysis, problem analysis, and cost-benefit analysis, alternative regulatory and non-regulatory instruments, various public consultation tools, and implementation strategies.

Participating agencies included the Bureau of Quarantine, City Government of Baguio, Cooperative Development Authority, Dangerous Drugs Board, Environmental Management Bureau – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Laguna Lake Development Authority, Mines and Geosciences Bureau – CAR, National Dairy Authority, Office for Transportation Security, and the Professional Regulation Commission – Baguio Regional Office. Newly-established regulatory agencies Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering and Philippine Competition Commission were also able to partake in the training.   – Lea S. Peralta