On March 11, the Quezon City Local Government distributed Solo Parent IDs to some of its constituents. This was part of their series of activities for Women’s Day. Solo parents finally got their cards, proof that they can max up the perks and benefits granted to them by law.
But, what law is it that helps solo parents out? If you didn’t know (and especially if you are one), the Solo Parent Act of 2000 or Republic Act No. 8972 or the Single Parent Law was made for single mamas and papas out there. The law basically provides benefits and privileges for solo parents or people who bear the sole responsibility of caring for their own children or the children of relatives.
Do you qualify as a "Solo Parent?" Find out.
According to the government’sPhilippine Information Agency, a solo parent is 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.”
The parent could also be “a man or woman left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood” due to any of the following circumstances: death of a spouse; having a detained spouse who has been serving time for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year; having a spouse who has a physical and/or mental incapacity as certified by a public medical practitioner; having gone through legal separation or de facto separation from a spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children; having had your marriage annulled and being entrusted with the custody of the children; being an unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children instead of having others care for them or giving them up to a welfare institution; or having the sole responsibility of providing parental care and support to a child or children. This could also mean that 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 can be considered a solo parent.
To simplify, you are considered a “Solo Parent” if you’re a single mom juggling your mommy duties and your stellar Cosmo life, if you’re a woman who has chosen to take on rearing a child born out of the circumstances of rape and other crimes, or if you’re a courageous and doting ninang or tita who willingly took on the sole responsibility of caring for her beloved godchildren or pamangkins.
Know the privileges of “Solo Parents.”
As a single mom, you’re entitled to special assistance, like health services (from the Department of Health), educational services (from the Commission on Higher Education and the Technological Education and Skills Development Authority), housing services (from the National Housing Authority), and special parental leaves (as aligned with your employer and the Department of Labor and Employment).
While the law allots these privileges for single parents below the poverty line, solo parents whose incomes are above the poverty threshold can enjoy limited benefits, such as flexible work schedule, parental leave, and others as agreed upon by the employer and determined by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
In Quezon City, the local government even added a special perk and mandated restaurants to grant registered solo parents a 20 percent discount on meals on every first and last Sunday of the month. Registered solo parents must present a valid Solo Parent ID issued by the Quezon City Social Services Development Department to avail of the discount.
Wear your “Solo Parent” badge with pride.
Rearing human beings is a superpower in itself; and doing so solo is absolutely commendable in our book. It’s time to ditch the stigma behind solo parenthood and extend support to our brave parenting superheroes.
To certify your status, solo parents must apply for a Solo Parents Identification Card from the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development (C/MSWD) Office. The single parent must present a barangay certificate, evidence of solo parenthood (affidavit/death certificate of spouse/declaration of nullity of marriage, etc.), and your Internal Tax Return (ITR) certificate. The ID is usually issued after 30 days of filing (after the proper assessment by the DSWD) and is valid for one year. Check with your barangay or municipal hall to start the process of application for your Solo Parent ID and to learn about the specific privileges in your city.
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