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1 jan 31

Good news for solo parents in Quezon City!

Every first and last Sunday of the month, solo parents shall be entitled to a 20% discount at restaurants, fast food chains, and other food establishments in Quezon City.  This is a new mandate of the Quezon City government in accordance with RA 8972 of Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000.

A solo parent may avail of the discount by presenting his valid Solo Parent ID and if the bill does not exceed Php 2,000 for single or accumulated receipts from the same establishment within the day.  The discount, though, is only applicable in the Quezon City area but we are hoping that other cities and municipalities would follow QC’s initiative.

If you are a solo parent but still do not have a solo parent ID, here’s how you can get one.

 

Source: www.news.abs-cbn.com

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Sept 12

Securing an appointment with the DFA to apply for a passport or have your old one renewed has proven to be quite a challenge for most.  Good thing the DFA has made courtesy lanes available for certain types of applicants.

Here is the list of requirements in order to be eligible for the DFA’s courtesy lanes:

  1. Senior Citizens (60 years old and over).
  • Senior citizens are allowed one companion.
  • The companion of the senior citizen must be an immediate family member (i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, and children-in-law of the senior citizen and must show proof of relationship.
  • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the senior citizen to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  1. People with disabilities (PWDs) with proof of disability.
  • PWD is allowed one (1) companion.
  • The companion of the PWD must be an immediate family member, i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, parents-in-law, and children-in-law of the PWD and must show proof of relationship.
  • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the PWD to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  1. Solo parent with valid solo parent card, and his/her minor children.
  2. Minors seven years old and below and his/her parents and minor siblings.
  3. Pregnant women
  • If pregnancy is not visible, the applicant must present medical certificate/records.
  1. Overseas Filipino Workers (Land and Sea-based) with valid proof of status, such as:
  • Valid iDOLE card
  • Valid employment contract
  • Valid work visa
  • Seaman’s book stamped at international border less than 365 days from the date of application.

Senior citizens, PWDs, solo parents, and their minor children, pregnant women, and OFWs have the option to choose from regular or expedited processing of their passport application.

The companion of the senior citizens and PWDs, minors seven years old and below, their parents and minor siblings, are to be assessed expedited processing fee because they are not entitled to use the courtesy lane; they are accommodated for their convenience.

All applications made on Saturdays – whether those entitled to use the Courtesy Lane Facility or those accommodated for their convenience – shall be assessed expedited processing fees based on the relevant provision of the Passport Act.

 

Source: http://consular.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 11

Good news for all Solo Parent ID holders!

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that solo parents, with a valid Solo Parent ID, will now be prioritized at the passport application lanes.  If you are a Solo Parent ID holder, you no longer need to set an appointment online to apply for or renew your Philippine Passport.  You can simply visit any DFA branch as a walk-in applicant; as long as you have the complete set of IDs and other requirements, you will be attended to right away.

In the past, only OFWs, Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and minors are welcome to take advantage of the priority lanes set by the DFA.  The list has become delightfully longer with Solo Parents included in it.

How do I get a Solo Parent ID?

Unlike your Postal or Philhealth ID, the Solo Parent ID may only be granted to qualified applicants.  This means that not all solo parents can qualify for the ID and its accompanying benefits and privileges.  One has to qualify based on the standards set by law.

According to RA 8972, a solo parent is:

  1. Left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
    • 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 the 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 parent.

If you wish to apply for a Solo Parent ID, you may proceed to your designated barangay hall or directly to a DSWD office in your area.  Your financial status is part of the evaluation, so make sure to bring a copy of your ITR; if you are a stay-at-home parent, the DSWD worker should be able to identify what document you can file in place of an ITR.

Prepare a copy of the PSA birth certificates of your children as well as any other document that could attest to your status as a solo parent (annulment papers, spouse’s death certificate, etc.).

Your documents will be evaluated by a social worker; it could take up to 30 days for your ID to be issued.  The Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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In the first week of September (2017), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that it has opened more appointment slots for Pinoys seeking to apply for a new passport or have their old ones renewed.  The additional slots came from the 1,200 reserved (daily) slots for travel agencies and DFA employees.

Yes, even DFA employees have to adjust to the new mandate so that only their immediate family members are extended the privilege of an assured appointment with the DFA.  Immediate family members include parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.  The courtesy lanes remain open for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, solo parents, children below seven yearls old, and Overseas Filipino Workers.

More good news from the DFA came in late last week when they announced the redesigned online appointment system.  Here are the highlights of the new and improved online passport appointment system:

  • Fully-booked dates are shown in red while available slots are in green.
    • This makes searching for an available date and time easier rather than clicking on each and every date.
  • Feedback mechanism activated.
    • This ensures that applicants are informed of any concerns on their application and how they can resolve the problem.
    • These include discrepancies on provided information, documents submitted.
    • Applicants are given ample time to prepare for the lacking requirements ahead of time, instead of finding out about the problems just when they are about to claim their passports.
  • Automatic reminder for people who are exempted from making online appointments:
    • Senior Citizens
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • Pregnant women
    • Solo parents
    • Children seven years old and below
    • OFWs

The reminder was put in place because most of the time, even if the applicant is entitled to use the courtesy lane, they still apply for an appointment online and wait in line for their turn.  With the reminder, they would know right away that they can proceed to a DFA office, freeing up the appointment slots that they would otherwise book.

The DFA promised to deploy more improvements, not just on the online application system, but in all aspects of their services to the public.  They said that their utmost concern are the comfort and security of people who visit their offices everyday, from the head office in Aseana to all satellite and consular offices and foreign posts.

If you have questions about the DFA online appointment system, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.tempo.com.ph

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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?

Source: http://bit.ly/2mIduUr

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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 www.nsohelpline.com 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 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 www.nsohelpline.com or tumawag sa hotline na (02) 737-1111.

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