Lobbying / Government Relations
Direct and Indirect Lobbying
Does government relations at the Executive Branch (Office of the President and at the LGU levels), and at both Chambers of Congress (Senate and House of Representatives). For Indirect Lobbying, builds grassroots support, whether at the experts level or community level. Coaches the grassroots on the many aspects of advocacy campaign –from crafting the message, to designing a strategic communication plan, to making an effective presentation/case.
Legislative Monitoring and Analysis
Monitors client-identified Committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines and analyzes legislative measures that might affect the Client’s industry and offer options as well as strategies to push an agenda forward. Shepherds the Client’s legislative agenda (per bill) by reviewing and analyzing drafts and transcripts of the measure of interest at the Committee level and providing the Client advice on strategic steps.
- A major alliance of transport organizations sought the deletion of a provision banning importation of 2nd-hand engines in the Clean Air Act… and achieved it.
- An oil giant wanted to kill the Oil Exchange Bill in the 12th Congress…and succeeded in it.
- A flag carrier wanted government to delay Open Skies by presenting arguments against adopting said policy… and obtained it.
- An organization of performers and artists wanted a whole section on Artist’s Rights in the Intellectual Property Rights Law…and secured their interests.
- A top vehicle manufacturer opposed Excise Tax…and got an exemption.
- A people’s organization sought legislations on Medical Malpractice and Patient’s Rights … and progress of historic significance was made.
- A coalition of Overseas Filipinos requested Congress to grant them the right to vote… and laws on Overseas Voting, along with Dual Citizenship, were enacted.
- A special interest group sought a redefinition of Juvenile Justice Legislation…and introduced concept of restorative justice.
- An association of energy players wanted to present potential policy externalities in the proposed biofuels legislations… and secured communicated problem areas; thereby, introduced further amendments to the policy resulting in a more consumer-friendly Biofuels Law.
- Some consumers disgruntled over the purchase of lemon cars with hard earned money… and got vindicated with a consumer friendly Anti-Lemon Bill.