Last Updated: Oct. 11, 2019

Raising a child is not easy especially if the prices of commodities are increasing because of the inflation rate in the country. However, a solo parent may enjoy their benefits if they are qualified to have a “Solo Parent ID Card“.

In the year 2017, The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has called for an amendment of RA 8972 to include additional benefits such as discounts on basic necessities, medicines, school supplies, and more.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender provided that the mother keeps and raises the child.

2. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:

  • Due to the death of a spouse.
  • Spouse is detained or is a serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
  • Physical and/or mental incapacity of a spouse as 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 the head of a family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

Criteria for Support

Any solo parent whose income 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:

  • Health Services (DOH)
  • Educational Services (CHED, TESDA)
  • Housing (NHA)

REQUIREMENTS

It is important to sign up for a solo parent ID issue of DSWD to qualify for the benefits provided by the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000.

1. Birth Certificate of Minor Children
2. Affidavit of 2 Disinterested Parties who knows that you are a solo parent (free of charge in the municipal hall)
3. Barangay Certificate of Residency declaring for the last six months
4. Latest 1×1 Picture
5. Payslip / ITR

Supporting Documents:

  • Death Certificate (If Deceased)
  • Certification from Jail (If Incarcerated)
  • Court Decision (If Annulled)
  • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
  • Medical certificate proving the incapacity of the spouse may it be physically or mentally

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BENEFITS

1. Flexible work schedule

A solo parent employee has the right to vary his/her arrival and departure time without affecting the core work hours as defined by the employer. The employer shall provide for a flexible working schedule for solo parents, as long as it shall not affect individual and company productivity. In case of certain meritorious grounds, the employer may request an exemption from DOLE.

2. No work discrimination

An employer is prohibited from discriminating against any solo parent employee with respect to terms and conditions of employment on account of his/her status.

3. Additional support and assistance, if applicable

If the solo parent falls below the poverty threshold set by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), he or she can avail of educational, housing, and medical assistance. The solo parent can request for such assistance from the Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and/or the National Housing Authority (NHA).

4. Parental Leave

The parental leave of seven (7) days shall be granted to any Solo Parent employee subject to the following conditions:

The solo parent must have rendered government service for a least one (1) year, whether continuous or broken, reckoned at the time of the effectivity of the law on September 22, 2002, regardless of the employment status.

The parental leave shall be availed of every year and shall not be convertible to cash. If not availed within the calendar year, said privilege shall be forfeited within the same year.

The parental leave shall be availed of on a continuous or staggered basis, subject to the approval of the Administrator. In this regard, the solo parent shall submit the application for parental leave at least one (1) week prior to availing the solo parent leave, except in emergency cases.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Solo Parent FAQs 1Solo Parent FAQs 2Solo Parent FAQs 31. When Do I Get the Solo Parent ID Card?

After filing the application of your Solo Parent ID Card, The ID will be issued within 30 days. This is to give the social workers some time to evaluate if the applicant is eligible.

2. Solo Parent ID Card Validity and Expiration

A Solo Parent ID card has one (1) year validity including the benefits attached to it.

3. Renewal for Solo Parent ID Card

The Solo Parent ID card is available to renew at the DSWD office in your city municipality or LGU offices.

For Requirements Renewal

  • Old Solo Parent ID
  • Barangay Certificate
  • 1pc. 2×2 ID Picture

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