Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo announced the establishment of a Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRRs) to operationalize Republic Act (RA) 11861 or the expanded Single Parent Welfare Act. of 2022.
RA 11861 amended RA 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000 to ensure that single parents can receive more exclusive benefits provided by the government.
Under the new law, single parents who earn the minimum wage or less are entitled to a monthly cash grant of 1,000 pesos from the local government unit, provided they do not receive any other cash assistance program.
They are also entitled to a 10% reduction and exemption from value added tax on baby milk, food, micronutrient supplements, sanitary diapers, properly prescribed medicines, vaccines and other medical supplements. from the birth of the child until the age of six. .
Single parents will also be given priority in low-cost housing projects through the National Housing Authority, with liberal payment terms, and will receive automatic cover through Philhealth.
Additionally, single parents can access scholarship schemes through the Department of Education, Higher Education Commission or Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, but subject to eligibility and qualification criteria.
A child of a single parent will also be eligible for a full scholarship program, provided the child is under the age of 22.
RA 11861 also stipulates the priority given to single parents, especially single mothers, in re-entering the labor market, and their children, if any, in apprenticeship, livelihood training, among others. .
The DSWD is responsible for leading the creation of a comprehensive set of social welfare services in coordination with other national government agencies.
In addition, the law stipulates that a single parent with school-going children will also be given priority in the selection of new beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program if the income is less than or equal to the minimum wage.
The single parent can also apply for livelihood assistance under the DSWD Sustainable Livelihoods Program.
Tulfo expressed his gratitude to Senators Imee Marcos, Risa Hontiveros, Bong Go, Miguel Zubiri, Bong Revilla and former Senator Richard Gordon, author of the landmark law.
He pointed out that the new law will be of great help to single parents, especially as they raise their children alone.
Tulfo asked the TWG to complete the TRI as soon as possible – within the prescribed 90-day deadline – so that single parents receive the benefits immediately.
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