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COVID-19 and Social Assistance in the Philippines : Lessons for Future Resilience (English)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the last two years has gone through multiple phases in the Philippines and its impact is still unfolding. The magnitude of disruptions in jobs and livelihoods due to lockdown measures as well as government social protection responses have varied across time. In the same period, the country experienced natural disasters including Typhoon Odette, which triggered the declaration of a state of calamity and underscored the importance of an adaptive social protection (SP) response. This note describes the phases of the COVID-19 SP response in the Philippines and assesses the performance with a focus on social assistance (SA). The authors provide estimates of the coverage, adequacy, targeting accuracy, timeliness, and payment delivery of COVID-19 social assistance in the Philippines based on several household surveys and studies. The authors pay special attention to the Philippines’ flagship social protection program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and the COVID-19 emergency cash assistance program, the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

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Cho,Yoonyoung Johnson,Douglas

COVID-19 and Social Assistance in the Philippines : Lessons for Future Resilience (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/099335004082237964/P17338000c78b50000b7c406e14ddbadab7