The Cost of Raising Children with Disabilities in the Philippines
Poverty rates are 50% higher in households with children with disabilities
The Costs of Raising Children with Disabilities in the Philippines (CRCWD) study includes a nationally representative quantitative survey and qualitative in-depth interviews with households and health professionals. The survey fills a gap in national statistics in the Philippines, but it is also a unique survey globally.
Based on the data:
- A child with disabilities needs an expenditure that is 40 to 80 per cent higher than other children without disabilities.
- Poverty rates are 50 per cent higher in households with children with disabilities.
- Only 1 out of 5 children with disabilities in the Philippines has a disability ID card.
- Households with a disability card spent almost 3 times more than those of other households.
- While the potential subsidy from the Government is for everyone who has a disability ID card, only relatively well-off households benefited from the concessions. 43 per cent of the subsidy was received by the richest quintile, while the poorest quintile received less than 6 per cent of the subsidy.
The report was produced in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Special Advisory Reference Group, with support from the Australian Government.