Are You A Single Parent? Know Your BENEFITS AND PRIVILEGES Under The SOLO PARENT Act Of The Philippines!

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Many women opt to be a single parent rather than being with their irresponsible  husband, and mostly they have no idea that there are benefits given by the government to those single parents.

Qualifications:

A solo parent, as defined by RA 8972 is: 
  1. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender, provided that mother keeps and raises the child.
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
a. Due to death of spouse.
b. Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
c. Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner.
d. Legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
e. Declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
  1. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children instead of having others care for them or give them up to a welfare institution.
  1. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.
  1. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.
CRITERIA FOR SUPPORT
Any solo parent whose income falls below the poverty threshold as set by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and subject to the assessment of the DSWD worker in the area shall be eligible for assistance. A solo parent can directly inquire from the following agencies to avail of their services:
  1. Health Services (DOH)
  2. Educational Services (CHED, TESDA)
  3. Housing (NHA)
  4. Parental Leave (Employer, DOLE, CSC) 
Note: A solo parent whose income is above the poverty threshold shall enjoy only such limited benefits as flexible work schedule, parental leave and others to be determined by the DSWD.


How To Apply:

1. The applicants for the solo parent ID must bring the following documents to the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office:
  • Barangay certification certifying Solo Parent’s residency in the barangay for the last six months
  • Income tax return or any document that will establish the income level of the solo parent
2. The social worker receives and ensures that all documents are complete and registers the applications with an appropriate case number in the log-book Registry of Solo Parents.
Note: The ID will be issued after 30 days from filing. The validity of the ID is one year and is renewable.
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