Towards a Better Normal: A Study on Inequalities and the Lack of Human Development in the Philippines

A resident of Gumaga in Libungan, Cotabato, fetches water from a deep well, which used to be their main source of water for years. Through SIMCARRD and Oxfam—and with counterpart funding from the barangay local government—almost 60 families in the area now have access to clean and safe water from a newly installed water point. (Photo: Jed Regala/Oxfam)
Paper author: 
Joseph Anthony Lim
Paper publication date: 
Monday, October 26, 2020

It is almost cliché to say that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. But it is a socio-economic reality that cannot be ignored. In the Philippines, statistics show that the number of billionaires and the wealth they accumulate is constantly rising while more and more people are living in poverty.

This glaring, yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots prompted Oxfam Pilipinas to commission economics professor Joseph Lim of the Ateneo de Manila University to conduct a study that will take a hard look at existing inequalities in the Philippines and how they relate to the country’s development lag.