Book Chapter: Social Equity in the Philippines (Palgrave Macmillan)

Social Equity in the Philippines: A Continuing but Elusive Promise


This paper focuses on the imperatives of social equity as a fundamental – but normative – principle for contemporary Philippine public administration. The pursuit of social equity may be seen as a response to the problems of pervasive poverty and inequality in spite of, paradoxically, the rapid economic growth. The paper cites two government programs that ostensibly aim to bring about social equity, namely the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. Evidence has shown that both programs still have to make a significant impact to redistribute wealth in a lasting way within the context of social equity. Hence, the paper argues that social equity in the Philippines is a continuing but remains elusive a goal.

Some excerpts

About the book chapter

This book chapter is co-written with Dr. Alex Brillantes and Dr. Marivic Raquiza. It forms part of the book Social Equity in the Asia-Pacific Region: Conceptualizations and Realities edited by Prof. Morgen Johansen, Professor and Director of the Public Administration Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and is published by Palgrave Macmillan. It was released in June 2019.

Citation: Brillantes, A., Raquiza, M.V. & Lorenzo, M.P. (2019). Social equity in the Philippines: A continuing but elusive promise. In Morgen, J. (Ed), Social Equity in the Asia-Pacific Region: Conceptualizations and Realities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-15919-1

About the book

Front cover
Remarks about the book
Title, editor and publisher
Table of contents
Table of contents (continuation)

This book examines the concept and public service value of social equity in public administration research and practice outside of the Western context, considering the influence that historical, cultural, and social trends of Asian and Pacific societies may have on how social equity is conceptualized and realized in the Asia-Pacific region. The book presents the results of an effort by a group of scholars from seven countries (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, and Singapore), one American State (the Hawaiian Islands), and the Pacific Islands to discover what social equity means in their respective contexts. It concludes by synthesizing and analyzing the chapter authors’ findings to advance a more global conceptualization of social equity.

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