Trying to raise your children on your own? We can’t imagine how difficult that must be. Thankfully, the government has implemented laws that aim to lighten the burden of solo parenting. Republic Act No. 8972 mandates that solo parents and their children are eligible for certain benefits and privileges – as long as you hold a Solo Parent ID.
How do you qualify for such an ID? And what are the advantages of acquiring one? Here are some details:
Definition of Solo Parent
First off, let’s define the term. A solo parent can be:
- A woman who has been a victim of rape but raises the child.
- A parent who is a widow/widower due to spouse’s death.
- A parent whose spouse is serving time on the prison for 1 year or more.
- A parent whose spouse has physical or mental incapacities (with medical or mental certification).
- A parent who has been legally separated for at least 1 year and has the children in custody.
- A legally annulled parent as declared by court or church and has the children in custody.
- An unmarried parent who bears the children instead of entrusting them to others.
- Any other individual who provides parental support to a child or children.
- A family member who stands as the parent for the child due to abandonment, death or disappearance of real parents.
Along with the above-mentioned definition, the solo parent’s income should fall below the limits set forth by the National Economic and Development Authority. Also, a representative from DSWD will assess meet the requirements or not.
Requirements for a Solo Parent ID
To apply for a solo parent ID, you should have the following documents:
- Barangay certificate that attests you are a solo parent that resides in the barangay.
- Birth certificates of children, death certificate of spouse, and other relevant documents.
- Income tax return or any document that will serve as a proof of your income.
Submit these documents to your area’s City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development office for checking. When approved, you can claim your solo parent ID after 30 days. The ID will be valid for 1 year and is renewable.
You will be able to enjoy many different privileges and benefits as you hold a solo parent ID.
You can avail of tax incentives and a flexible work schedule. Employers are legally held accountable to honor the terms and conditions of the law as well, provided that your productivity is not affected. A parental leave of 7 days may be granted as well. The leave can be used to attend important milestones in the child’s life such as graduation, birthday, and other occasions.
Other benefits may also be available from DOH, CHED, TESDA, NHA and others. Just get in touch with these agencies and ask about available services for solo parents.