We all know that raising a family is a feat in itself, what with the demands of children’s basic needs: food, shelter, clothing, and education. If you have a child, you are well aware of the sacrifices a parent or parents have to make in order to provide the best possible subsistence to your family. You literally forget about yourself and focus on how you can build a stable future for your children.
How much more if you are a solo parent doing all these things?
The good news is that qualified solo parents may now take advantage of government support to augment their means of providing for their child/children.
In our feature post today, we will focus on the Solo Parent. Who is he/she and how can he/she take advantage of the said support, by virtue of RA 8972?
A solo parent, as defined by RA 8972 is:
- 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;
- Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to death of spouse;
- Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood while the spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year;
- Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner;
- Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to 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;
- Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to 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;
- Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to abandonment of spouse for at least one (1) year;
- 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;
- Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children;
- 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.
Are you a solo parent? Take heart! The government is prepared to assist you with benefits unique to your status. In my next posts, I will be sharing the requirements para maka-avail ng benefits ang isang solo parent. In the meantime, make sure na handa ang mga NSO documents ng solo parent at ng kanyang mga anak. Madali na lang ngayon dahil pwede ka na mag order ng NSO documents online at www.nsohelpline.com or tumawag sa hotline na (02) 737-1111.
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