The SOLO PARENT WELFARE ACT (2000), or RA 8972, grants certain benefits to single parents in the Philippines. This includes additional vacation time, a more flexible work schedule, and even educational assistance for their children.
We appreciate you if you are a single parent! You most profoundly deserve the benefits that the government is providing. However, in order to take advantage of these benefits, you must first apply for a Solo Parent ID.
Lets understand the Solo Parent Id qualifications, benefits, requirements and Application process
Table of Contents
- Qualifications of a Solo Parent
- Video Guide
- Benefits of a Solo Parent Id
- Additional Benefits
- How to Apply for Solo Parent Id Application
- How do I register for solo parent online?
- People also ask
Qualifications of a Solo Parent
According to RA 8972, the qualifications of a Solo Parent are:
- 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 mother keeps and raises the child.
- Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
- Due to 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 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.
Benefits of a Solo Parent Id
The following services are available to all Filipino solo parents:
- Rights against workplace discrimination based on solo parent status in terms and conditions of employment
- Work schedule flexibility is permitted as long as individual and company productivity is not compromised.
- Take note that any employer may request an exemption for specific reasons.
- Parental leave of up to seven (7) working days per calendar year for single parents with at least one (1) year of service.
Any single parent whose income falls below the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) poverty line and is subject to the assessment of the DSWD worker in the area is eligible for assistance. A single parent can contact the following organizations directly to inquire about their services:
- Health Care Services (DOH)
- Educational Services (CHED, TESDA)
- Housing Services (NHA)
- Parental Leave of Absence (Employer, DOLE, CSC) Note: A single parent whose income exceeds the poverty line will receive only limited benefits such as flexible work schedules, parental leave, and others as determined by the DSWD
The requirements to Apply for Solo Parent Id are:
- Barangay certification confirming Solo Parents’ residency in the barangay for the previous six months.
- Birth certificates of children, death certificates for spouses, and other appropriate documentary support.
- Income tax return or any other document establishing the income level of the sole parent
- Please keep in mind that your local government may require you to provide additional documents such as a house sketch or a sworn affidavit.
How to Apply for Solo Parent Id Application
Apply for Solo Parent Id in Philippines in 3 easy steps
- Solo parent ID applicants must bring the following documents to the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office:
- Barangay certification confirming Solo Parent’s residency in the barangay for the previous six months
- Certificates, such as children’s birth certificates, a spouse’s death certificate, and other appropriate documentary support
- Income tax return or any other document validating the income level of the sole parent
- The social worker receives all documents and ensures that they are complete before entering them into the log-book Registry of Solo Parents.
- Please keep in mind that the ID will be issued after 30 days of filing. The ID is valid for one year and is renewable.
How do I register for solo parent online?
- Using your personal email address, register at qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph. To register and submit, fill out the form properly.
- Fill out the form properly to register and submit
- Accomplish Sectoral Information. Make sure to fill-out all the details in this section.
- Documentation Requirements for Single Parents
- Solo Parent approvers/social workers will review the application.
- Wait for an email with information about the Solo Parent ID Application. An email will be sent to the applicant to set up an appointment for the social worker’s interview and assessment.
- Make an appointment online at qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph, SSDD page. Present the reference number for schedule verification.
- Come to SSDD (2nd Floor), Solo Parent Section on your scheduled interview and assessment date and time.
- Install the QCitizen Application in the Playstore / Appstore once the application has been approved to to get the Digital ID.
Solo Parent ID Application Form Download – Click Here to Download
People also ask
The following are the most frequently asked questions about the advantages of being a solo parent and Solo Parent ID:
A Solo Parent ID is a government-issued ID in the Philippines for single or solo parents. Solo parents who have this ID can take advantage of government discounts and benefits. They are intended to provide various kinds of support and to reduce financial difficulties faced by a parent who works only for the children.
Because it is considered a privilege ID, the Solo Parent ID is not commonly accepted as a valid form of identification when dealing with some government and non-government entities such as banks. A Solo Parent ID, on the other hand, is accepted as a valid id when applying for civil service exams and national id applications. The Solo Parent ID is a more exclusive ID. However, when applying for a passport or visa, the non-digitized Solo Parent ID serves as a valid government-issued identification card. It is also accepted as a valid ID when transacting with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), applying for a national ID, or taking the Civil Service Examination.
The DSWD states that you may have to wait up to 30 days from the date of your submission due to the time required to conduct assessments and evaluate the solo parent application. After applying at DSWD, you have 30 days to claim your Solo Parent ID.
No. Solo parents don’t enjoy tax exemption due to their status. However, with a valid Solo Parent ID, they can receive a 10% discount on basic needs such as milk and medicines.
Yes. Although R.A. No. 8972 makes no specific provisions for maternity leave, single parents who have been employed for a year and are eligible for SSS maternity benefits can take advantage of an additional 15 days of paid leave. They may also choose to extend the period for another 30 days without pay.
The ID card and the benefits it includes are both valid for one year.
Yes. Stay-at-home moms and dads can apply for a Solo Parent ID and availability services that will help them improve their skills, which they can then use to make money.
Once your solo parent ID has expired, you can renew it at the DSWD office in your municipality or LGU office.
The following organizations can provide assistance to solo parents:
→ Health Services (DOH)→ Housing (NHA)
→ Educational Services (CHED, TESDA)
→ Parental Leave (Employer, DOLE, CSC)
No, any parent, working or unemployed, who meets the requirements of R.A. No. 8972, or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000, is eligible for the Solo Parent ID.
Medical bills for single parents can be paid through the city or municipal social welfare system. However, the reimbursement or discount will be determined by the policies of the local government. Keep in mind that financial aid may vary from city to city, and reimbursements may take some time.
No, the Solo Parent ID is available to any parent, employed or unemployed, who meets the requirements of the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000. With the passage of RA 11861, more people will be able to apply for the Solo Parent ID and take advantage of its enhanced benefits.
The Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act has reduced the current one-year period to six months.
Every employee’s annual income is reflected in the ITR. Solo parents with incomes below the poverty line may be eligible for NEDA assistance.
The expanded law will entitle single parents earning the minimum wage or less to a monthly cash subsidy of PHP1,000 from the local government unit, provided the single parent is not a recipient of any other cash assistance program.
Being a single parent in the Philippines is difficult, especially given the country’s current economic situation. The benefits of the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000, on the other hand, make being a single parent a little easier. These benefits include grocery discounts, free tuition, and housing assistance. To receive these benefits, however, you must first obtain a Solo Parent ID from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The process is straight forward and only takes a few minutes. So, if you are a single parent, get your ID today!
Being a single parent requires a lot of patience, faith, and love. Parenting without a spouse is difficult and time-consuming, especially in these difficult times. However, knowing that there is assistance available can be reassuring.
The Solo Parent ID will soon include additional benefits and discounts that will be extremely beneficial to solo parents who need some wiggle room in their monthly budget. With its expanded benefits, hardworking and frequently stressed single parents will receive financial assistance as well as professional, medical, and even psychological help.
Apply for a Solo Parent ID to enjoy these new and improved benefits. Getting one is free and valid for a year.
Reference: DSWD website