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The Government's Aid to Single Parents

Updated: Feb 8

One of the most rewarding roles that a woman could take on is being a parent. But along with the rewards and happiness comes sacrifices and challenges that you may encounter as you take on the responsibilities of being a mother. While being a parent can be difficult, we can only imagine what it is like to be a solo mom.

On a recent study conducted by the University of the Philippines, there are about 15 million single parents in the country and more than 90% of them are moms. Which make you wonder where in the world are the 13.5 million dads who are supposedly helping out in raising their kids? Well, we can discuss that in a different post but for now, let us focus on the single parents.

Other than taking care of the kids which basically requires almost your entire attention, a solo parent has to find income to support the family's needs. Some are lucky to have support coming from families or friends but not everyone is lucky to have those extra hands. Sometimes, even job hunting is a hurdle for those unfortunate being jobless while conceiving. Just imagine the stress that they are going through, thinking about how they can raise their kid- milk, diapers vaccinations, the list goes on and on. Good thing, DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) has projects that is aimed to help out single parents. Here is a list compiled by Wyeth Nutrition.

  • Protection from discrimination and equal opportunities at work.

  • Flexible work schedules, subject to the employer’s approval.

  • Seven days of paid parental leave every year for employees (regardless of employment status) who have rendered at least six months of service.

  • Education benefits tied with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Once they pass the assessment, solo parents and their children who meet the program’s qualifications may avail of a scholarship.

  • Childminding centers within the vicinity of their workplace or residence.

  • Being allowed to breastfeed in the workplace.

  • Social safety assistance from the local government such as food, medicine, and financial aid when disaster or calamity hits, or a public health crisis arises.

  • Monthly cash subsidy of PHP 1,000 for those earning minimum wage or less and are not recipients of other cash assistance programs from the government.

  • A 10% discount and value-added tax (VAT) exemption on baby products such as milk, food, supplements, diapers, prescribed medicines, vaccines, and other medical supplements. The discount can be availed by solo parents earning less than PHP 250,000 per year who have children six years old and below.

  • Automatic PhilHealth coverage where premium contributions will be shared by the national government and employer.

  • Housing benefits such as prioritization, allocation, and easy payment options in government low-cost housing programs, if they fall below the poverty line.

We all have this idea that claiming help from the government in the Philippines can be tedious but all these projects are worth looking into.

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