HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 2 no. 1 (2001)

Exploring The Apis Data On The Accessibility Of Public Education And Health Services

Michael M. Alba



This paper analyzes the extent to which the Philippine government was able to deliver on education and health services during the crucial months of April to September 1998, when the effects of the financial crisis had finally worked its way into the real sector. Using data from the 1998 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS),2 it assesses the coverage of education and health services, explores the extent of need in each, and examines the reach of government programs or the utilization of public services. For each {dependent) variable considered, a multi-dimensional profile is drawn through cross-tabulations with demographic, geographic, socioeconomic, and poverty status variables. An innovation in the analysis for this type of report is that, in each table presented, design-based standard errors of the weighted sample proportions and the results of design consistent tests of difference of means are reported.3