Social Protection in the Time of COVID-19 – an East Asia Pacific Chief Economist Practitioners' Panel

Although countries in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) have traditionally been reluctant spenders on social protection, their response to COVID-19 has been substantial and broad-based.

A panel of policy makers involved in social protection will discuss how their countries have responded to COVID-19, rapidly scaling up support, reaching new groups in need, and using digital technologies.



Victoria Kwakwa, Vice President, East Asia and the Pacific Region, World Bank


Ketsuda Supradit, International Economic Advisor, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Thailand
Maliki, Director for Population Planning and Social Protection, Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Indonesia
Rhea B. Peñaflor, Assistant Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines
San San Aye, Director General, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar