Although long been passed in twelvemonth 2000. the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 or Republic Act 8972 has yet to be wholly implemented by the national and local authoritiess. harmonizing to Carina Javier. president of the Solo Parents Support Group at the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Office ( DSWD-CO ) . in a recent Philstar. com study. RA 8972 is an act that provides particular benefits and privileges to solo or individual parents and their kids. which include livelihood aid.
guidance services. instruction scholarships or price reductions. flexible work agenda. extra work foliages. and wellness or medical aid.
among others. But non everyone knows that such act even exists. Javier said. Apart from that.
some solo parents could non avail of said benefits in malice of being entitled to it under Philippine Torahs.An illustration. she said. is the weeklong leave of a solo parent that is separate from the normal holiday or ill foliages. “It is high clip for the authorities to concentrate on the existent state of affairs and existent demands and concerns of solo parents because the job of solo parents creates other jobs such as poorness. deficiency of employment. kids deprived of instruction and juvenile delinquents. ” Javier was quoted in the Philstar.
com study. Her group is besides bespeaking the Aquino disposal to come up with a jurisprudence cut downing the revenue enhancements on solo parents by 20 per centum. every bit good as dismissing on tuition fees of their kids who are 17 old ages old and below inscribing in private schools.Who are Solo Parents?Those single.
separated. annulled. and widowed are considered solo parents. Even colza victims who decided to maintain the kid.
and those whose partner are detained or are physically or mentally incapacitated are included in the group.Statisticss on solo parentsJavier disclosed that the DSWD has no study yet on the figure of Filipino solo parents. However. she believes that the statistic is increasing. A survey conducted by the Department of Health and the University of the Philippines-National Institute for Health revealed that 14 million out of about 94 million Filipinos are solo parents. or which is about 14-15 per centum of the entire population. The World Health Organization funded the said survey.
The Philstar. com study besides revealed that about 180. 290 households that are donees of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ( 4Ps ) of the current disposal are headed by solo parents.
House Bill 6184 expands benefitsTwo months ago. it has been reported that around 13. 9 million solo parents will be given added alleviation in response to House Bill 6184 that was approved by the House of Representatives. The HB 6184.
harmonizing to partylist Representative Carol Jayne Lopez of the You Against Corruption and Poverty ( YACAP ) in a Manila Bulletin study. “will amend the Solo Parent Welfare Act of 2000 by widening broad runing benefits for solo parents. including the grant of price reductions on certain trade goods. ” It besides aims to spread out the “qualification of solo parent to individuals left to take the duty of parentage due to the disablement or incapacity of the other partner. ” With the new house measure. solo parents will besides bask extra benefits such as “10 per centum price reduction on children’s vesture stuffs for all purchases made within two old ages from the birth of the kid ; 15 per centum price reduction on baby’s milk and nutrient addendums in the first two old ages of a kid ; and 15 per centum price reduction on all purchases of medical specialty and other medical addendums or supplies. ”But for solo parents to be able to avail of these benefits.
they shall show the solo parent designation card. along with the birth certification of their kid. or whatever grounds is necessary to turn out entitlement. to commercial constitutions or authorities bureaus they will transact with. Lopez. who has been a steadfast advocator of the causes of solo parents. is one of the chief writers of the said measure and a solo parent herself. She urged the Aquino disposal to back up the measure.
with a reminder how former President Cory Aquino became a solo parent. excessively. after the blackwash of former Senator Ninoy Aquino. “We can therefore state her boy President Aquino clearly understands the tremendous challenges confronting solo parents who are raising their households by themselves.
” she said in the Manila Bulletin study. Violators of said measure will confront mulcts of up to P200. 000 and jail term of non less than one twelvemonth.Republic Act No. 8972 or the “Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000”is the Philippine jurisprudence on individual parents.
It was promulgated on November 7. 2000.The jurisprudence provides comprehensive plan of services for solo parents and their kids to be carried out by the Department of Social Welfare and Development ( DSWD ) .
the Department of Health ( DOH ) . the Department of Education. Culture and Sports ( DECS ) . the Department of the Interior and Local Government ( DILG ) . the Commission on Higher Education ( CHED ) . the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority ( TESDA ) . the National Housing Authority ( NHA ) . the Department of Labor and Employment ( DOLE ) and other related authorities and non-government bureaus.
( Sec. 2. RA 8972 )You are considered a individual parent if you are:[ 1 ] A adult female who gives birth as a consequence of colza and other offenses against celibacy even without a concluding strong belief of the wrongdoer: Provided. That the female parent supports and raises the kid ;[ 2 ] Parent left solo or entirely with the duty of parentage due to decease of partner ;[ 3 ] Parent left solo or entirely with the duty of parentage while the partner is detained or is functioning sentence for a condemnable strong belief for at least one ( 1 ) twelvemonth ;[ 4 ] Parent left solo or entirely with the duty of parentage due to physical and/or mental incapacity of partner as certified by a public medical practician ;[ 5 ] Parent left solo or entirely with the duty of parentage due to legal separation or de facto separation from partner for at least one ( 1 ) twelvemonth. every bit long as he/she is entrusted with the detention of the kids ;[ 6 ] Parent left solo or entirely with the duty of parentage due to declaration of nothingness or revocation of matrimony as decreed by a tribunal or by a church every bit long as he/she is entrusted with the detention of the kids ;[ 7 ] Parent left solo or entirely with the duty of parentage due to forsaking of partner for at least one ( 1 ) twelvemonth ;[ 8 ] Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to maintain and rise up her/his child/children alternatively of holding others attention for them or give them up to a welfare establishment ;[ 9 ] Any other individual who entirely provides parental attention and support to a kid or kids ;[ 10 ] Any household member who assumes the duty of caput of household as a consequence of the decease. forsaking. disappearing or drawn-out absence of the parents or solo parent.A alteration in the position or circumstance of the parent claiming benefits under this Act.
such that he/she is no longer left entirely with the duty of parentage. shall end his/her eligibility for these benefits.Who are considered as “children” under RA 8972?The term “children” refers to those populating with and dependent upon the solo parent for support who are single. unemployed and non more than 18 ( 18 ) old ages of age. or even over 18 ( 18 ) old ages but are incapable of self-support because of mental and/or physical defect/disability.What are authorities bureaus required to supply under RA 8972?A comprehensive bundle of societal development and public assistance services for solo parents and their households will be developed by the DSWD.
DOH. DECS. CHED. TESDA. DOLE. NHA and DILG.
in coordination with local authorities units and a nongovernmental organisation with proved path record in supplying services for solo parents.The DSWD shall organize with concerned bureaus the execution of the comprehensive bundle of societal development and public assistance services for solo parents and their households.What are included in this bundle of services for individual parents?The bundle of services will ab initio include:( a ) Livelihood development services which include preparations on support accomplishments. basic concern direction.
value orientation and the proviso of seed capital or occupation arrangement.( B ) Counseling services which include single. peer group or household guidance. This will concentrate on the declaration of personal relationship and function struggles.
( degree Celsius ) Parent effectivity services which include the proviso and enlargement of cognition and accomplishments of the solo parent on early childhood development. behavior direction. wellness attention. rights and responsibilities of parents and kids.( vitamin D ) Critical incidence emphasis debriefing which includes preventative emphasis direction scheme designed to help solo parents in get bying with crisis state of affairss and instances of maltreatment.( vitamin E ) Particular undertakings for persons in demand of protection which include impermanent shelter. guidance. legal aid.
medical attention. self-concept or ego-building. crisis direction and religious enrichment.
What is “flexible work schedule” ?It is the right granted to a solo parent employee to change his/her reaching and going clip without impacting the nucleus work hours as defined by the employer. Under Section 6 of RA 8972. the employer shall supply for a flexible working agenda for solo parents: Provided. That the same shall non impact single and company productiveness: Provided. further. That any employer may bespeak freedom from the above demands from the DOLE on certain meritable evidences.
What about the issue of work favoritism. in footings of occupation assignments or publicity?Section 7 of RA 8972 provides that no employer shall know apart against any solo parent employee with regard to footings and conditions of employment on history of his/her position.What is the alleged individual parent leave?In add-on to go forth privileges under bing Torahs.
parental leave of non more than seven ( 7 ) working yearss every twelvemonth shall be granted to any solo parent employee who has rendered service of at least one ( 1 ) twelvemonth.A common job of individual parents is supplying educational chances for their kids. Does RA 8972 have proviso on this issue?The DECS.
CHED and TESDA are mandated to supply the undermentioned benefits and privileges:( 1 ) Scholarship plans for qualified solo parents and their kids in establishments of basic. third and technical/skills instruction ; and( 2 ) Nonformal instruction plans appropriate for solo parents and their kids.Another job of individual parents is lodging. What benefits if any are provided under RA 8972?Solo parents shall be given allotment in lodging undertakings and shall be provided with broad footings of payment on said authorities low-cost lodging undertakings in conformity with lodging jurisprudence commissariats prioritising appliers below the poorness line as declared by the NEDA.What about medical aid?The DOH shall develop a comprehensive wellness attention plan for solo parents and their kids. The plan shall be implemented by the DOH through their retained infirmaries and medical centres and the local authorities units ( LGUs ) through their provincial/district/city/municipal infirmaries and rural wellness units ( RHUs ) .How do I help of the benefits under RA 8972?You can pass on with the DSWD office of your town or metropolis with respects the demands to be submitted.