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DSWD-7 continues advocacy on solo parents welfare

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) has continued its advocacy on solo parents welfare to cater more solo parents in Central Visayas.

Daisy Lor, DSWD-7 focal person on family, explained to the public through the weekly Kapihan sa  PIA, which is broadcast live over DYMR-Radyo Pilipinas and telecast over Skycable Channel 53 the provisions of the Solo Parent’s Welfare Act or RA 8972 to inform them about the law and to also encourage the national agencies and the local government units to strengthen the implementation of the law and continue providing services for the welfare and protection of the solo parents.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) FO VII focal person on family, Ms. Daisy C. Lor (in purple blouse) talks about the Solo Parent Law, with Mr. Kevin Rodriguez the assistant regional director of NACPHIL and ERPAT Regional Officer.

“The act provides benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children. Its primary objective is to give solo parents the chance to rebuild themselves,” said Lor.

Under this act, this solo parents are given comprehensive social development and welfare services which include: livelihood development services, counseling services, parent effectiveness services, and critical incidence stress debriefing.

Moreover, educational benefits are also offered under this act wherein solo parents and their children can avail of scholarship programs from the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on higher Education (CHED) and from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

They are also entitled to a seven-working day parental leave once they have already rendered at least one year of service.

Lor explained that a solo parent is any individual who falls under the following categories: 1) a woman who gives birth as a result of rape or crimes against chastity, provided that the mother keeps and raises the child, 2) a parent who is left alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to death, spouse is detained or is serving sentence for criminal conviction for at least one (1) year, physical or mental incapacity of spouse certified by a public medical practitioner, legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children, declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she  is entrusted with the custody of the children, 3) unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children instead of having others care for them or give them up to a welfare institution, 4) any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children, 5) any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

Meanwhile, Lor encouraged those who want to avail of the services and benefits under this act to visit their respective city or municipal social welfare and development office for application, assessment, other inquiries and issuance of solo parent ID.

Based on the latest Listahanan data of DSWD-7, Central Visayas has a total of 68,667 solo parents of which, 17,782 are males and 50,885 are females.

Central Visayas includes the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor. ###

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