In 2009, APC continued its competitiveness programs, particularly, the WCY, PCCRP, and SNDB. It also streamlined its activities into three main programs:
Competitiveness Program. The program focused on the study, assessment, and improvement of government institutions to provide an environment that encourages the growth of local enterprises. It covered three areas/projects:
- Global Competitiveness. This program continued the partnership with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in the publication of the annual World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY).
- Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project. The APC implemented the sixth round of the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project (PCCRP). This was completed in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). For the 2009 round, the APC, in coordination with various stakeholders in the academe, the government, and business, reviewed and improved the methodology used in the study, as well as established quality control measures to ensure the reliability of the data collected and the results of the study.
Sub-national Doing Business in the Philippines(SNDB). The APC implemented the second round of SNDB in 2009 in partnership with the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. The study covered 5 new cities in addition to the 19 previously covered cities. The second round used a co-production model through which APC was able to exercise its role as an academic honest broker.
In 2010, the results of WCY 2010, and the PCCRP 2009 were released at the launching of the AIM Annual Policy Forum (AAPF) in July 2010, The results of SNDB 2011 were released at various fora in Makati City, Cebu City and Davao City in December 2010.
Market-based and Socially Just Environment Program (MBSJE). This program sought to provide an economic framework for a competitive economy by balancing free market principles with government measures that ensure equal opportunity and social and environmental responsibility. The program established three areas of study:
- Labor Policies and Migration Project. Under this project, APC examined the changing face of labor, from the overseas workers phenomenon to the effects of the global outsourcing trend on service industries, and their impacts on development policy-making. In 2009, the project released a discussion paper entitled “Migration, Development and Policy Reforms.”
- Micro-, Small-, and Medium-sized Enterprises Project. Under this project APC conducted studies, conferences, and other related fora that assess the sustainability and profitability of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises. Its activities build up on data and information gathered from the City Competitiveness Project. These include the Data-Based Programming of Policies and Support for MSMEs Workshop held on March 30, 2010 at the Asian Institute of Management.
- Anti-Corruption Policy Reforms Project. This project focused on policy reforms on transparency in governance.
Science and Technology, Infrastructure, and Connectivity Program (STIC). This program focused on the physical foundation and building blocks of a competitive sustainable economy. These physical foundations and building blocks include technology, infrastructure, and cohesive mechanisms to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and other occurring natural disasters. Under the STIC program, APC established three areas of study:
- Energy Sustainability Project. This project sought to enhance energy management at the community, local, national, and regional levels through appropriate public policies, efficient regulation, and good governance. This project was a continuation of the Energy Policy Series established in 2008.
- Environment and Disaster Risk Management Project. The project advocated for a more responsive action plan to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The project aims to facilitate clearer linkages between local and national disaster plans for a more extensive agenda on environment and disaster risk management.
Science, Technology, and Connectivity Project. The project was formerly under the Infrastructure Governance and Regulatory Network Program established sometime in 2007. Continuing previous initiatives in this area, in 2009, APC held the Fourth Consultation Workshop in Creative Industries.
During this period, APC continued hosting forums, conferences, workshops and other similar events with various partners, such as the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and brought together stakeholders to discuss current policy issues. These events include dialogues on social market economy, regional forum on state-owned enterprises, and forums on the global financial crisis and global accountability, among others.