Good news for all Solo Parent ID holders!
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that solo parents, with a valid Solo Parent ID, will now be prioritized at the passport application lanes. If you are a Solo Parent ID holder, you no longer need to set an appointment online to apply for or renew your Philippine Passport. You can simply visit any DFA branch as a walk-in applicant; as long as you have the complete set of IDs and other requirements, you will be attended to right away.
In the past, only OFWs, Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and minors are welcome to take advantage of the priority lanes set by the DFA. The list has become delightfully longer with Solo Parents included in it.
How do I get a Solo Parent ID?
Unlike your Postal or Philhealth ID, the Solo Parent ID may only be granted to qualified applicants. This means that not all solo parents can qualify for the ID and its accompanying benefits and privileges. One has to qualify based on the standards set by law.
According to RA 8972, a solo parent is:
- Left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
- Death of spouse.
- Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
- Physical and/or mental incapacity of 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.
- Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children.
- A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender, provided the mother keeps and raises the child.
- 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.
If you wish to apply for a Solo Parent ID, you may proceed to your designated barangay hall or directly to a DSWD office in your area. Your financial status is part of the evaluation, so make sure to bring a copy of your ITR; if you are a stay-at-home parent, the DSWD worker should be able to identify what document you can file in place of an ITR.
Your documents will be evaluated by a social worker; it could take up to 30 days for your ID to be issued. The Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.