HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 23 no. 1 (2022)

RAWLSIAN DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE AND THE PHILIPPINE AYUDA PROGRAM DURING THE PANDEMIC

Ivan Efreaim A. Gozum | Jove Jim S. Aguas

 

Abstract:

This paper discusses the philosophical concept of John Rawls on distributive justice and how it can be applied as a possible guide in the Philippine ayuda distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, it discusses how the pandemic affected the Philippine economy and the complaints on the ayuda program regarding the ayuda distribution in the country. Second, it explains Rawlsian distributive justice and Rawls’ ideas, such as the veil of ignorance, liberty, and difference principles. Lastly, it discusses Rawls’ notion of distributive justice as a guide in the ayuda distribution to provide a perspective on the equitable and just distribution of benefits given the limited resources. The main point is that the distribution of financial assistance or ayuda can be guided by Rawls’s notion of distributive justice, which prioritizes the well-being of the least well-off or disadvantaged.