Providing the needs and supporting the education of your children as a solo parent is a big struggle since you need to shoulder all these things on your own. Fortunately, the government has an aid for this important matter through Republic Act No. 8972 better known as “An Act Providing for Benefits and Privileges to Solo Parents and their Children, Appropriating Funds Thereof and For Other Purposes.”
It states that it’s essential for the state to provide programs of services, benefits, and privileges for single parent groups.
What criteria for support?
Any solo parent whose monthly income falls short below the poverty threshold in accordance to the rule set by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and also subject to an assessment with the DSWD worker in the area shall have rights for an assistance. A solo parent can directly inquire from the following agencies to avail their services:
- Health Services (DOH)
- Educational Services (CHED, TESDA)
- Housing (NHA)
- Parental Leave (Employer, DOLE, CSC)
Take note that any solo parent whose salary is above the poverty threshold shall only have limited benefits such as; flexible work schedule, parental leave and other benefits to be established by the DSWD.