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.
* 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 (University of Hawai`i) and published by Palgrave Macmillan. It will be released in August 2019.
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