As a single parent, you should know the benefits and how to avail those privileges.
All of us should know that a solo parent has a law called Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 or the Republic Act No. 8972.
RA 8972 or the Solo Parent’s Welfare Act provides for benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children. It aims to develop a comprehensive package of social development and welfare services for solo parents and their children to be carried out by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the lead agency, various government agencies including NSO and other related NGOs.
This law provides discounts on purchases of basic necessities, medicine, school supplies and more. To avail such benefits, a single parent should have a Solo Parent ID.
Firstly, under RA 8972, the single parent should be:
1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
- Due to death of spouse
- Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year
- Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner
- 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
- 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
2. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children.
3. 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.
4. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.
5. 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 parentNote: Parents with OFW spouses are not considered solo parents unless the other parent who is abroad has not been in contact with the family for at least a year.
solo Parent ID.
Meanwhile, below is the process and requiremenrs needed how to get a Solo Parent ID.Step
1: Prepare the required documents.
a. Barangay Certificate
Head to your barangay office to get this certificate that says you have resided in your barangay for the last six months. You may need to bring a valid government ID as proof of your address and cash for the processing fee.
b. Proof of financial status
This is your Income Tax Return (ITR). For working solo parents, your company should be able to provide you with your latest ITR. Otherwise (for stay-at-home and work-from-home parents), the DSWD worker will be able to identify what document you can file in place of an ITR.
c. Proof of your solo parent status
This differs depending on your situation. If you’re a widow, for example, this can be your spouse’s death certificate. This can also be a declaration of nullity of marriage or a medical certificate for parents with a spouse who is incapacitated.If you are separated de facto from your spouse, meaning your separation was not recognized by the court, you may submit a certificate issued by your Barangay Captain indicating your circumstances as a solo parent, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
d. Birth certificate/s of your child/children
e. Filled up Solo Parent ID application formTo be provided upon presentation and submission of requirements
Step 2: Submit your documents.
Head to your city or province’s city/municipal social welfare and development office (check with City Hall). Your documents will be assessed and evaluated here by a social worker. It can take up to 30 days before your ID is issued.
Note: a Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.
The solo parent can enjoy the following benefits: Flexible work schedule, no work discrimination, and Parental leave for 7 days.
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