Category: Solo Parent Benefits and More

03 - 09

16 years ago, the government enacted RA 8972 or what we all know as the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000.  Through this law, qualified solo parents are granted certain discounts and privileges, mandated by the government, in order to help them support their children.

This year, the Federation of Solo Parents in Luzvimin, Gabriela Women’s Party, and Ilaw Para sa Kababaihan at Bata groups moved to amend RA 8972 in order to improve the social services for solo parents, particularly in the barangay levels.  The following are the proposed amendments that the groups are seeking to propose:

  1. 20% discount on baby’s milk and food supplements made within 3 years from the child’s birth;
  2. 20% discount on medicines and vaccines for the child made within 18 years of the child’s birth;
  3. 20% on hospital bills of the solo parent when his or her child is admitted to a public or private hospital;
  4. 20% discount on public and private recreational facilities where solo parents spend time with their children.
  5. 12% discount on basic necessities;
  6. 15% discount on school supplies until the child reaches the age of 21;
  7. 10% discount on school tuition fees per child studying in college in either a public or private school;
  8. 10% discount on consultation and laboratory diagnostic fees, as well as in the purchase of medicines for solo parents and their dependents;
  9. A 7-day parental leave with pay if solo parent has rendered at least 6 months of service in a company.

In yesterday’s celebration of International Women’s Day, the DSWD led its employees in supporting and participating in the petition seeking to fast-track the implementation of the said amendments.  The ceremonial signature campaign was held at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila.  They need one million signatures to push their call for improved benefits and privileges for the solo parent.

Will you support this cause?


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And finally, the last installment in our Solo Parent series: the list of benefits that await Solo Parent ID holders.

There are two types of benefits available to qualified Solo Parents: Employment-related and benefits to cover a child’s basic needs.  Read on!

Employment-Related Benefits:

1 .Flexible work schedule.

Hangga’t hindi makaka-apekto sa productivity ng empleyado at ng kumpanya, ang mga employers ay required na bigyan ng flexible working hours ang mga solo parents.  Ang ibig sabihin nito ay ang isang solo parent employee ay maaaring magbago ng work schedule basta’t hindi nito maaapektuhan ang required number of work hours.  May mga employers na maaaring ma-exempt sa requirement na ito, depende kung valid ang rason ng kanilang request for exemption.  DOLE ang magpapasya ng exemption ng isang employer.

2. No work discrimination.

Ang mga employers ay hindi maaaring mag discriminate laban sa mga solo parent employees ayon sa terms and conditions of employment base sa kanyang status bilang isang solo parent.

3. Parental leave.

Ang ibig sabihin ng “parental leave” ay ang leave benefits na ibinibigay sa solo parents upang magampanan nya ang kanyang “parental responsibilities” kung saan kinakailangan ang kanyang physical presence (tulad ng graduation, PTA meetings, naka confine ang anak sa ospital).  Dagdag pa dito ang mga leave privileges na hindi sosobra sa 7 working days taon-taon para sa solo parent employees na may isang taon o higit pa sa kumpanya.

Other Benefits Available to Solo Parents.

Ang mga sumusunod na benepsiyo ay maaaring matanggap ng isang solo parent DEPENDE sa kanilang income threshold o poverty threshold na itinalaga ng National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at sa assessment ng DSWD worker sa lugar ng solo parent.

Kung qualified, ang solo parent ay maaaring tumanggap ng mga sumusunod na benefits:

1 .Educational Benefits.

Kasama na dito ang scholarship programs para sa solo parent at kanyang mga anak para sa basic, tertiary, and technical/skills education, at non-formal education programs.

2. Housing Benefits.

Kasama ito sa alokasyon ng gobyerno para sa low-cost housing projects at may maluwag na payment terms.

3. Medical Assistance.

Sakop nito ang comprehensive health care programs para sa solo parents at kanilang mga anak mula sa DOH.  Ito ay maaaring ma-avail sa mga piling hospitals at medical centers at Local Government Units (LGUs) sa kanilang mga provincial/district/city/municipal hospitals and Rural Health Units (RHU).

Kung ikaw ay solo parent o may mga kakilalang solo parents na maaaring mag benefit mula sa post na ito, please feel free to share this article.  Tulad ng nabanggit sa mga naunang article on Solo Parents Benefits you must be ready with basic NSO certificates tulad ng Birth Certificate mo at ng iyong mga anak.  The easiest way to prepare this is by ordering online at or tumawag sa hotline na (02) 737-1111; ipa-deliver mo na lang para di na dumagdag sa mga kailangan mong lakarin.

This completes our 3-part blog series on Solo Parent Benefits.  Sana ay nakatulong sa inyo ang mga information na ito.  Puwede kayong mag sadya sa pinaka malapit na DSWD office para sa mga detalye ng Solo Parent Benefits at para malaman ninyo kung kayo ay qualified.

Until our next article. Thanks for dropping by!

Solo Parent ID 2

Let us continue with our discussion on Solo Parent Benefits.  Most of you are eager to find out kung ano ang mga requirements para makakuha ng Solo Parent ID.  The answers are actually very simple (and easy to accomplish!).  Read on.

Ang applicant para sa Solo Parent ID ay kinakailangang magdala ng sumusunod na mga documents sa kanyang City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development office:

1.Barangay Certificate na nagsasabing ang Solo Parent applicant ay nakatira sa barangay na iyon within the last six months.

2. NSO certificates:

a. Birth Certificate of child/children

b. Kung ikaw ay biyudo/biyuda, Death Certificate ng yumaong asawa.

c. Iba pang dokumento na maaaring gamitin bilang suporta sa iyong application.

Ang mga NSO certificates tulad ng Birth at Death ay maaari nang ipa-deliver sa iyong bahay.  Tumawag lang sa (02) 737-1111; kung may internet naman, maaaring mag logon sa  Matatanggap mo ang mga documents in 2 to 3 working days.

3. Income tax return o kahit na anong document na magpapatunay ng income level ng solo parent.

Kapag nakumpleto at nai-submit na sa Social Welfare and Development office ang mga documents, ang social worker na tumanggap ang syang magre-register ng application.

Bibigyan ang aplikante ng case number mula sa log-book ng Registry of Solo Parents.

Ang iyong ID ay matatanggap 30 days matapos mong mai-file ang mga requirements.  Ang ID ay valid ng isang taon at maaaring ma-renew kapag nag expire.

Next week, I will be posting the list of benefits na maaari mong matanggap bilang isang Solo Parent ID holder.  Watch out for that!

Solo Parent Benefits

Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

We all know that raising a family is a feat in itself, what with the demands of children’s basic needs: food, shelter, clothing, and education.  If you have a child, you are well aware of the sacrifices a parent or parents have to make in order to provide the best possible subsistence to your family.  You literally forget about yourself and focus on how you can build a stable future for your children.

How much more if you are a solo parent doing all these things?

The good news is that qualified solo parents may now take advantage of government support to augment their means of providing for their child/children.

In our feature post today, we will focus on the Solo Parent.  Who is he/she and how can he/she take advantage of the said support, by virtue of RA 8972?

Read on!

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 the mother keeps and raises the child;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to death of spouse;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood while the spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to 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;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to 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. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to abandonment of spouse for at least one (1) year;
  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.

Are you a solo parent?  Take heart!  The government is prepared to assist you with benefits unique to your status.  In my next posts, I will be sharing the requirements para maka-avail ng benefits ang isang solo parent.  In the meantime, make sure na handa ang mga NSO documents ng solo parent at ng kanyang mga anak.  Madali na lang ngayon dahil pwede ka na mag order ng NSO documents online at or tumawag sa hotline na (02) 737-1111.

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