Solo parents can now confidently say, Hindi kami nag-iisa.
Additional work leaves, scholarship grants, and cash subsidy are just some of the additional benefits that solo parents may enjoy under the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act (RA 11861). Read on.
- Parental leave. A solo parent shall be granted parental leaves of not more than seven days apart from the leave privileges under existing laws. The parental leaves must be given to solo parents regardless of their employment status as long as the parent has been employed for at least six months.
- Full scholarship. The law also mandates the Department of Education, CHED, and TESDA to grant scholarship programs for qualified solo parents. If the solo parent has a child (or children) who is 22 years old and below and is still dependent (on the solo parent), a full scholarship may also be granted the child.
- Php 1,000 cash subsidy per month. If a solo parent earns a minimum or less than minimum wage, he or she is entitle to receive a Php 1,000 cash per month from the LGU where he or she is a resident. The cash subsidy may be granted to the parent as long as he or she is not yet a beneficiary of other cash assistance programs from the LGU, DSWD, and the like.
- Discounts and tax exemptions. If the parent is earning Php 250,000 or less per year, he or she is entitled to a 10% discount and VAT exemption on baby’s milk, food and micronutrient supplements, diapers, prescribed medicines, and medical supplies. These discounts and tax exemptions shall be enjoyed by the solo parent from the birth if his or her child until the child is six years old.
- Work discrimination protection, low-cost housing prioritization, and automatic health insurance program under PhilHealth.
Who is a Solo Parent?
A solo parent has sole parental care of a child or children as a result of any of the following circumstances:
- Death or criminal conviction of spouse
- Legal or de facto separation from spouse
- Abandonment of spouse
If the parent’s spouse is an OFW that belongs to low and semi-skilled worker category and is away for at least a year, the spouse left in the Philippines to care for the children is considered a Solo Parent.
A legal guardian solely providing support to another person’s children (whether relatives or otherwise), is considered a Solo Parent.
A pregnant woman solely giving parental care is also defined as a Solo Parent.
Do I need to get a Solo Parent ID in order to avail of the benefits?
Yes, you do. The Solo Parent ID is renewable every year. To know how to get a Solo Parent ID, read this.
If you are a Solo Parent, you may want to coordinate with your LGU or barangay to know more about the details of availing the additional benefits.