Philippines

Type of profile
Country
Overview

Recent reform steps

The Philippines enacted and implemented a major tax reform in December of 2017. While the personal income tax was lowered, giving much relief to individual taxpayers, the excise taxes were rationalised (oil) and there were some new taxes introduced, such as the excise on sugar-sweetened beverages and cosmetic procedures.

Progress achieved

Two major projects were finalised by the Philippines in 2017:

  • The conclusion of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN law);
  • The implementation of more ambitious programmes/actions against smuggling, which resulted in a 69% increase in the amount of smuggled goods seized from 2010 to 2016. Moreover, the Philippines established intensified tax enforcements through the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) programme of the implementing agency.

Outlook: DRM priorities in 2019

Priority activities
  • Introducing reforms through legislation
  • Shifting to a more efficient national budget system and introducing more comprehensive reforms in the budget
Expected outcomes
  • Equitable and more efficient tax system

  • Fiscally responsible budgeting; more productive and efficient use of the budget

Ensuring policy coherence for development

Most, if not all, of the economic and fiscal policies in the Philippines go through the review of the economic managers of the President. There are standard principles of public policy for key strategic areas that the Philippine government adheres to. In addition, the legislative branch pursues and ensures that the list of priority policy proposals of the President passes through legislation.

The government has a legislative group that serves as the communication bridge and platform among agencies on policy reforms. Apart from this, the government is grouped in different clusters that oversee the major economic issues.

DRM Project Data as Recipient

all
2015
2016
2017
Donor
year Year
No. project
amount Commitment
disbursement Disbursement
United States of America
year all
18 projects
amount -7 102 660.00 USD
disbursement 26 231 792.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2015
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 7 259 070.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2015
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 582 530.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project . Anti.Corruption Reforms
year 2015
1 project
amount 375 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project . Fiscal policy
year 2015
1 project
amount 2 100 220.00 USD
disbursement 1 398 510.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 1 382 039.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 9 390 933.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 450 000.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 32 900.00 USD
disbursement 1 443 330.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 420 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
N/A
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 450 000.00 USD
N/A
year 2016
1 project
amount 328 900.00 USD
disbursement 1 443 330.00 USD
N/A
year 2016
1 project
amount 420 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 400 000.00 USD
disbursement 560 000.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 480 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2017
1 project
amount -12 834 390.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2017
1 project
amount -908 750.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 2 083 460.00 USD
disbursement 1 872 050.00 USD
Japan
year all
3 projects
amount 180 841.81 USD
disbursement 180 651.84 USD
TC AGGREGATED ACTIVITIES
year 2015
1 project
amount 36 560.00 USD
disbursement 36 370.00 USD
TC Aggregated Activities
year 2016
1 project
amount 77 203.97 USD
disbursement 77 204.00 USD
TC AGGREGATED ACTIVITIES
year 2017
1 project
amount 67 077.84 USD
disbursement 67 077.84 USD
European Commission
year all
2 projects
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 613 432.00 USD
TA to support the project ''Support to the LGUs for more effective and accountable PFM''
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 559 701.00 USD
TA to support the project ''Support to the LGUs for more effective and accountable PFM''
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 53 731.00 USD
Australia
year all
1 project
amount 62 542.64 USD
disbursement 62 542.64 USD
The Asia Foundation Partnership Philippines
year 2017
1 project
amount 62 542.64 USD
disbursement 62 542.64 USD
Hungary
year all
1 project
amount 3 552.62 USD
disbursement 3 552.62 USD
Taxation workshop - two times per year week-long seminars on tax related issues in co-organisation with the OECD under its Global Relations Programme.
year 2017
1 project
amount 3 552.62 USD
disbursement 3 552.62 USD
Totals
year all
25 projects
amount -6 855 722.93 USD
disbursement 27 091 971.10 USD
Donor
year Year
No. project
amount Commitment
disbursement Disbursement
United States of America
year 2015
4 projects
amount 2 475 220.00 USD
disbursement 9 240 110.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2015
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 7 259 070.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2015
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 582 530.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project . Anti.Corruption Reforms
year 2015
1 project
amount 375 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project . Fiscal policy
year 2015
1 project
amount 2 100 220.00 USD
disbursement 1 398 510.00 USD
Japan
year 2015
1 project
amount 36 560.00 USD
disbursement 36 370.00 USD
TC AGGREGATED ACTIVITIES
year 2015
1 project
amount 36 560.00 USD
disbursement 36 370.00 USD
Totals
year 2015
5 projects
amount 2 511 780.00 USD
disbursement 9 276 480.00 USD
Donor
year Year
No. project
amount Commitment
disbursement Disbursement
European Commission
year 2016
2 projects
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 613 432.00 USD
TA to support the project ''Support to the LGUs for more effective and accountable PFM''
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 559 701.00 USD
TA to support the project ''Support to the LGUs for more effective and accountable PFM''
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 53 731.00 USD
United States of America
year 2016
8 projects
amount 1 201 800.00 USD
disbursement 14 559 632.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 1 382 039.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 9 390 933.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 450 000.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 32 900.00 USD
disbursement 1 443 330.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2016
1 project
amount 420 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
N/A
year 2016
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 450 000.00 USD
N/A
year 2016
1 project
amount 328 900.00 USD
disbursement 1 443 330.00 USD
N/A
year 2016
1 project
amount 420 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Japan
year 2016
1 project
amount 77 203.97 USD
disbursement 77 204.00 USD
TC Aggregated Activities
year 2016
1 project
amount 77 203.97 USD
disbursement 77 204.00 USD
Totals
year 2016
11 projects
amount 1 279 003.97 USD
disbursement 15 250 268.00 USD
Donor
year Year
No. project
amount Commitment
disbursement Disbursement
Australia
year 2017
1 project
amount 62 542.64 USD
disbursement 62 542.64 USD
The Asia Foundation Partnership Philippines
year 2017
1 project
amount 62 542.64 USD
disbursement 62 542.64 USD
United States of America
year 2017
6 projects
amount -10 779 680.00 USD
disbursement 2 432 050.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 400 000.00 USD
disbursement 560 000.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 480 000.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 0.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2017
1 project
amount -12 834 390.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
MCC Revenue Administration Reform Project
year 2017
1 project
amount -908 750.00 USD
disbursement 0.00 USD
Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project
year 2017
1 project
amount 2 083 460.00 USD
disbursement 1 872 050.00 USD
Hungary
year 2017
1 project
amount 3 552.62 USD
disbursement 3 552.62 USD
Taxation workshop - two times per year week-long seminars on tax related issues in co-organisation with the OECD under its Global Relations Programme.
year 2017
1 project
amount 3 552.62 USD
disbursement 3 552.62 USD
Japan
year 2017
1 project
amount 67 077.84 USD
disbursement 67 077.84 USD
TC AGGREGATED ACTIVITIES
year 2017
1 project
amount 67 077.84 USD
disbursement 67 077.84 USD
Totals
year 2017
9 projects
amount -10 646 506.90 USD
disbursement 2 565 223.10 USD

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