With RA 8972, solo parents solely taking care of their children can now reap the benefits provided by the government under the Solo Parent’s Welfare Act. Under the Solo Parents Act, they should get a solo parent ID first before they can claim whatever they were entitled to. Any solo parent whose income falls below the poverty threshold as sent by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) are subject to the assessment of the DSWD worker in the area for assistance. The DSWD shall perform what is necessary to determine their situation and if they are eligible for a solo parent financial assistance.
What is RA 8972?
RA 8972 is the Solo Parent Welfare Act that provides the benefits and privileges designed to help solo parents and their children. The RA was signed into law on November 7 2000 and took effect on November 28 2000. The implementing rules and regulations were approved on April 2002.
The comprehensive package of programs and services for solo parents includes livelihood, self-employment and skills development, employment related benefits, psychosocial, educational, health and housing services.
A solo parent shall apply for a Solo Parent Identification Card (Solo Parent ID) from the City/ Municipal Social Welfare and Development (D/MSWD) Office.
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Once the C/MSWD Office issues the Solo Parent ID, a solo parent can apply for services he/she needs from the C/MSWD Office or to specific agencies providing such assistance/services.
If you are de facto separated from your husband or wife, you can get a Certificate from your Barangay Captain, that indicate the circumstances of you being a solo parent. Please read the PDF below for more detailsFAQs-Solo-Parent-and-Parental-Leave
The beneficiaries receive varying amounts: P5,000 for those who have children in college and P3,000 for those who have children in high school. For solo parents who have children in elementary, they receive at least P2,500.
Being a parent is not an easy role, and doing it solo makes it harder. No matter what the reason, any single parent in the Philippines can definitely use a helping hand from the government.
It would be a pity if you are a single parent and was not able to take advantage of the benefits specially offered to you by RA 8972.
In addition, a single or legally separated individual who has a child, legitimate, illegitimate or legally adopted, shall be entitled to a basic personal exemption that is granted by law and enjoyed by the head of the family.
He/she is entitled to an additional exemption of P8,000 per qualified dependent, not to exceed 4. However, a solo parent is not entitled to the exemption if he/she takes care of a person with a disability who is not his/her child unless he/she legally adopts the same.
Where do you claim your cash assistance?
If you qualify as a solo parent, you can go to the CSWDO nearest to your place or to specific agencies providing such assistance and services.