Okay, so now you know for sure that you are a solo parent as prescribed by the law. It’s time to get yourself registered in the city’s DSWD office and get your solo parent ID and avail the benefits it offer.

 

Getting the Solo Parent ID

Source: National Statistics Office, Gender and Development Committee

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS IN SECURING A SOLO PARENT ID?

  1. Barangay certificate residency in the area;
  2. Documents/Evidence that the applicant is a solo parent (e.g. death certificate of spouse,

declaration of nullity of marriage, medical certificate – if incapacitated); and

  1. Income Tax Return (ITR) or certification from the barangay/municipal treasurer

 

WHAT DOCUMENT/PROOF WILL A SOLO PARENT PRESENT IF HE/SHE HAS CHILD OR IS DE FACTO SEPARATED FROM HUSBAND/WIFE?

*separated de facto: separated by fact without legal proclamation of annulment or legal separation

A Certificate issued by the Barangay Captain indicating the circumstances on one’s being a solo parent.

 

IF A SOLO PARENT FILES THE APPLICATION, CAN AN ID BE SECURED RIGHT AWAY?

No. The Social Worker has to complete the assessment/evaluation of the solo parent situation. The ID will be issued after 30 days from filing. The validity of the ID is one year and is renewable.

 

When I first applied for a solo parent ID, I got it very quickly. When I renewed the solo parent Id is also a breezy! My solo parent ID was not just valid for a year though. It took me just a little longer as I had to present proof of identity. My original solo parent Id had my married name. Most other documents are still in my maiden name. A couple of years back, I have decided and reverted back to using my maiden name. Hence, I had to also request that the solo parent ID be in my maiden name…that caused a few minutes of delay.

I think the process is dependent on your municipalities’ population or recorded solo parent. (Cue: still very few are aware of this law!)

Solo Parent Benefits

Source: National Statistics Office, Gender and Development Committee

WHAT IS THE PACKAGE OF SERVICES FOR SOLO PARENT?

The comprehensive package of programs/services for solo parents includes livelihood, self-employment and skills development, employment-related benefits, psychosocial, educational, health and housing services.

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR SUPPORT?

Any solo parent whose income in the place of domicile falls below the poverty threshold as set by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and subject to the assessment of the DSWD worker in the area shall be eligible for assistance. A Solo Parent can directly inquire from the following agencies to avail of their services:

  1. Health Services (DOH)
  1. Educational Services (CHED, TESDA)
  1. Housing (NHA)
  1. Parental Leave (Employer, DOLE, CSC)

Solo parent whose income is above the poverty threshold shall enjoy only such limited benefits as flexible work schedule, parental leave and others to be determined by the DSWD.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO AVAIL OF THE PACKAGE OF SERVICES?

A solo parent shall apply for a Solo Parent Identification Card (Solo Parent ID) from the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development (C/MSWD) Office. Once the C/MSWD Office issues the Solo Parent ID, a solo parent can apply for services he/she needs from the C/MSWD Office or to specific agencies providing such assistance/services.

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR THE TERMINATION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF A SOLO PARENT?

A change in the status or circumstances of the parent claiming benefits under this Act, such that he/she is no longer left alone with the responsibility of parenthood, shall terminate his/her eligibility for benefits such as change in the status with marriage, the concerned parent is no longer left alone with the responsibility of parenthood, etc.

 

I still have this ID but honestly, I am not reaping any benefits from this. I am not employed now. I am a freelancer and my income is not consistent depending on the influx of work. And the law is very specific that the solo parent should fall below the poverty threshold. So, if you are a minimum income earning solo parent, it makes you unqualified. Unless, I guess, you make an appeal with your local DSWD office.

There are talks about amending the law and its benefits. From what I read, it will benefit those with babies. So, what about solo parents raising older children? No benefits for us … sadly. Not even discounts for our groceries or eat-outs with the child/ren.

Despite the lack of benefits, I keep mine anyway.

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