Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform in the Philippines

International Institute for Sustainable Development, On-going

A report on the scale and impact of fossil fuel consumption subsidies and electricity subsidies in the country, providing an overview of the Philippine energy market, energy pricing including taxes and subsidies, history and implications of fossil-fuel consumption subsidies and reforms, with a case study of subsidy reform. The lessons feed into a guide for energy subsidy reform in Southeast Asia.

Effectiveness and Impacts on the Aid for Trade Initiative in the Philippines

thumb_Effectiveness and Impacts on the Aid for Trade Initiative in the PhilippinesInternational Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), June 2013

Assesses the effectiveness of loan- and grant- assisted programs and projects in enhancing the country’s trade capacity, using a set of criteria recommended by the WTO Aid-for-Trade Task Force, namely funds trajectory, ownership, alignment, coordination among donors, south-south cooperation, absorptive capacity, coherence with environmental sustainability, impact at the macro and micro levels.

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Challenges in Pricing Electric Power Services in Selected ASEAN Countries

thumb_philippine_climate_change_and_clean_energyInternational Resources Group, April 2013

Analyzes the structure and individual components of Philippine electricity prices and comparison with the rates in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand; approximates supply costs from tariffs and benchmarks Philippine costs against those of the selected countries; and identifies policy interventions that could lower the price of electricity in the Philippines.

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Improving Philippine Agribusiness Competitiveness and Benchmarking Study: Component on Trade Facilitation and Logistics

thumb_Improving_Philippine_Agribusiness_CompetitivenessInternational Finance Corporation, July 2012

Identifies and proposes policy recommendations to improve administrative procedures and systems for pre- and post-harvest domestic transportation and international trade, with emphasis on the banana, corn, and sugar supply chains.

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The Follow-up Research on the 2010 Time Release Study at the Bureau of Customs

thumb_boc_time_release_studyWith the UPEcon Foundation, supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, March 2011

A detailed study of the cargo clearance process at the Bureau of Customs, analyzing the impact of the shift of the customs information system from EDI- to the internet-based version of ASYCUDA, called “e2m-Customs” (electronic-to-mobile).

Time Release Study at the Bureau of Customs

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Japan International Cooperation Agency, 2011

A detailed assessment of the cargo clearance process at the Bureau of Customs, scrutinizing the impact of the shift of the customs information system from EDI- to the internet-based version of ASYCUDA, called “e2m-Customs” (electronic-to-mobile).

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The Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation on Small and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines

thumb_information_tech_in_trade_facilitationUNESCAP-Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (ARTNeT), 2010

Examines the impact of the use of IT in trade facilitation on small and medium scale industries in the country, which forms part of a 5-country project under the Studies in Trade and Investment series.

Customs Revenue Analysis Project

thumb_customs_revenue_analysis_projectBureau of Customs, 2009

Explores the existing methodology for setting collection targets, including the impact of changes in the parameters.

Post-Implementation Evaluation of Non-Intrusive Container Inspection System

thumb_container_inspectionBureau of Customs, 2009

An economic cost-benefit analysis of the x-ray scanning equipment, with recommendations for realizing maximum potential benefits.

Data Management System for the X-ray Inspection Project

thumb_data_management_system_for_xrayBureau of Customs, 2009

A data management system that records transactions and generates reports, to ensure the efficient use of the scanning equipment and enhance BOC performance.