Social Equity in the Philippines: A Continuing but Elusive Promise

  • Alex B. BrillantesJrEmail author
  • Maria Victoria R. Raquiza
  • Maria Pilar M. Lorenzo


In this chapter, Brillantes, Raquiza, and Lorenzo focus 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, rapid economic growth. The chapter cites two government programs that ostensibly aim to bring about social equity, the Conditional Cash Transfer program and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. Evidence has shown that both programs have yet to make a significant impact to redistribute wealth in a lasting way within the context of social equity. Hence, the chapter argues that social equity in the Philippines is a continuing process but remains an elusive goal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex B. BrillantesJr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Victoria R. Raquiza
    • 1
  • Maria Pilar M. Lorenzo
    • 2
  1. 1.National College of Public Administration and GovernanceUniversity of the PhilippinesQuezon CityPhilippines
  2. 2.Philippine Society for Public AdministrationQuezon CityPhilippines

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