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Solo Parents: You Are Not Alone

Though there’s a lot to be thankful for in today’s economic outlook as compared to yesteryear, much is still yet to be done to ease the burden of everyday living for most of our countrymen. Jobs, food security, better healthcare, competitive education, low-cost but sufficient housing, lasting peace, social reform, less politics and more of community development; these are but a few of the problems we face each day. And yes, they are possible to overcome with the cooperation and active participation of society, as a whole.

Being a solo parent is literally hard. It is physically, emotionally and psychologically draining to provide a family with enough food, shelter, education and clothing if you are the sole parent, income-earner and care giver rolled into one. Probably, I speak of it from experience; providing for two kids who lost their mother since age of 3, while taking care of an ailing father who depend upon daily medications in his battle against diabetes and cardiovascular ailments. All of these happened to me starting the year 1995, and I did endure everything first-hand.

That is why single parents of today are quite fortunate. The Solo Parent’s Welfare Act (Republic Act No. 8972) was enacted and signed into law on the 7th of November 2000, and consequently became effective on the 28th of the same month and year. This is a big boost as it came with privileges and benefits to single parents and the kids they are raising. It gives the parent access to support from government institutions, depending on the need and fulfilment of the requirements as required by law.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spearheads the campaign, and is responsible for the processing of papers and ID so that solo parents can fully enjoy its benefits and privileges. Other government agencies which also contribute include the Department of Health (DOH) for Health Services, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for Educational Services, National Housing Authority (NHA) for Housing Services, and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for Parental Leave and Work Guidelines.

Below are the requirements and simplified process of availing the benefits for Solo Parents:

You may also go to the Official Gazette site for a more detailed explanation on how to avail and the benefits that you can enjoy. Just click the link provide above to go to the official page.

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