A PIDS study found significant inequalities in opportunities in accessing basic services within and among ethnic groups in the Philippines. Muslims (particularly the indigenous peoples) are the worst-off ethnic groups while the nonindigenous/non-Muslims are the better-off groups. The study urges the government to address inequality in opportunities particularly in secondary education as well as access to safe water and electricity to level the playing field for the different ethnic groups. The modified conditional cash transfer program being implemented by the government is a good starting point to address the low access to secondary education and health care among vulnerable Filipinos such as itinerant indigenous families and those that are displaced by natural and man-made disasters. Know more about the study titled “Inequality of Opportunities Among Ethnic Groups in the Philippines” here: https://pidswebs.pids.gov.ph/C…/PUBLICATIONS/pidsdps1742.pdf
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