Philippines - Social Protection Review and Assessment

This report was prepared to make an inventory of key social protection (SP) programs (over 60) in the Philippines, with the main objective to inform the ongoing review of the country SP Framework and to determine their relevance. The overall level of effort and institutional development is high, with a coherent architecture around the three typical pillars in SP: social assistance, social insurance, and labor market interventions.SP programming is mature across all pillars, and especially in social assistance, and has proven to be resilient to recent changes in administration after the 2016 presidential elections. There is also a serious commitment to SP by the level of spending. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in spending levels and improvement in allocations. However, the insurance pillar shows relatively low coverage rates.