Saturday, May 19, 2012

Learn Where You Stand: The Solo Parents’ Welfare Act Of 2000 (RA 8972)

There is an increasing number of single parents in the Philippines so thank goodness for the RA 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act Of 2000. I am not an expert on law so I am not in the authority to explain the law further to the readers but I feel that it is important to let others know about this so that they will have an idea  where to get support for their children. Unfortunately, not too many single parents are aware that this law was already imposed and not just in the papers.

This policy is all about developing a comprehensive program for solo parents and their children which will be carried out by different government institutions such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS),  Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Housing Authority (NHA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other related government and non-government agencies.

A comprehensive package of social development services will be available to solo parents and their families developed by the  different institutions. The DSWD is the main agency that will coordinate all of the concerned agencies in the implementation of the package for single parents such as livelihood development services, counseling services, scholarship grants,  housing benefits, medical care and spiritual enrichment. Under this act,  solo parents are protected against discrimination at work and in society. However, for you to qualify for this act, you need to qualify for the definition of being a single parent.

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