In most general terms, this book chapter addresses social equity as a fundamental and normative principle in contemporary public administration with a specific locus in the Philippines. It tackles the several gaps in theory and in practice in how it is carried out in the said country. For instance, it notes of a striking paradox, that of posing a high economic growth rate of the country but still with pervasive development problems (poverty, unemployment and inequality). Viewed from the lens of social equity, the gains of economic growth of the country do not seem to trickle down to the sectors that need them most, that is, the indigent and the marginalized. It is along this line that the New Public Administration (NPA) is taken as a lens to discuss equity in the Philippines. Within the context of this country, NPA may be seen as a response to the problems of pervasive poverty and inequality necessitating social equity policies targeting the poor. The paper discusses two programs of the Philippines government that try to bring about social equity. Evidence demonstrates that the programs still have to be improved considerably in terms of redistributing wealth in order to bring about social equity in the long term.
This text forms part of a forthcoming book chapter that I co-wrote.
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