New law offers more benefits to single parents – Manila Bulletin

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Single parents will now enjoy more benefits, including additional work leave, scholarships and cash grants, under the new law.

This came after Republic Act (RA) No. 11861, amending several provisions of RA 8972, became law on June 4 and made way for the expanded privilege given to single parents in the Philippines.

Under the new measure, a single parent will benefit from parental leave of up to seven days, “in addition to the privilege of leave provided for by the laws in force”, which is confiscable and not cumulative. The new privilege is to be granted to a single parent regardless of employment status as long as they have been employed for at least six months.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education, Higher Education Commission or Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are required to provide scholarship programs to qualified single parents and a “full scholarship” to one of his children, aged 22. and below and is still dependent.

For a single parent who earns minimum wage or less than minimum wage, he is eligible to receive a cash grant of P1000 per month, provided he is not a beneficiary of any other cash assistance scheme , with the exception of the elderly. . The funding for which will be allocated by the local government where he or she lives.

A single parent earning no more than 250,000 pesos per year will also benefit from a 10% reduction and exemption from value added tax on baby milk, food and micronutrient supplements, diapers, prescription drugs and medical supplies from the birth of her child until age six. year.

The law also requires protection against workplace discrimination as well as an automatic health insurance program under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation for a single parent.

A single parent is defined by the measure as a person who has sole parental custody of a child or children due to: rape, death or criminal conviction of a spouse, legal or de facto separation from a spouse, abandonment.

A parent whose spouse is a low-skilled and semi-skilled overseas Filipino worker absent for at least one year, a legal guardian providing only support, and a pregnant woman providing only parental care are also defined as single parent.

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