How to get a Solo Parent ID
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Manila, Philippines — In the Philippines, there is a law that focuses on the welfare of solo parents. Under the RA 8972, otherwise known as the Solo Parent Welfare Act (2000), a single parent can have the following privileges, a flexible working schedule, extra leaves from their work, as well as educational assistance for their kids.
If you are among those who consider themselves “solo parents,” you have to know that it is important to have a Solo Parent ID in order to avail of the said benefits.
Note that those who fall below the poverty threshold set by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) can avail of all the benefits as stipulated in the law. But, of course, it should be subject to the assessment of a DSWD worker.
In the meantime, those who receive income above the poverty threshold can still avail of some of the benefits as long as they meet conditions.
If you are qualified to avail of the Solo Parent ID, here are some of the benefits that you can receive:
- Flexible work schedule
- Rights against workplace discrimination
- Parental leave (not more than seven working days every year); but, you should have rendered at least one year of service
- You can also receive medical assistance
- DOH-developed healthcare program
- You are eligible for housing benefits
- Livelihood training
- Educational benefits
- You can avail of the Parent Effectiveness Services
- You can avail of Stress Management Strategies sessions as well as Counseling Services
How to Apply
Head on over to the Social Welfare and Development Office in your municipality and city and present the following documents:
- Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
- Accomplished Application Form provided by the DSWD
- Barangay Certificate of Residency
- Barangay Captain Certification (this should indicate that you are a solo parent)
- PSA Birth Certificate of your kids
- Spouse’s death certificate (if applicable)
- Declaration of Nullity of Marriage (if applicable)
- A medical certificate from a licensed public medical practitioner (if your spouse has a physical or mental incapacity)
- Documents that establish your income (ITR or Certificate of income by Municipal or Barangay Treasurer)
Note that the Department of Social Welfare and Development issues a Solo Parent ID 30 days from the date of filing. It is also worth mentioning that the ID is only good for one year but is renewable.
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