Being a solo parent is very hard. Imagine raising a child on your own, providing them everything they need such as home, clothing, food, and education. Doing that on your own is hard, isn’t it? Plus the stress of whatever the reason why you are a solo parent, it’s a lot to handle. That is why the Philippine government makes a way to help solo parents in the Philippines. A new law was created to expand the privilege that will be given to solo parents in the Philippines and it is called the Republic Act (RA) No. 11861. If you want to know more about solo parent benefits, this might help you.
Solo Parent Benefits Guidelines
Who are Eligible to Apply for a Solo Parent Benefit?
- Rape victim
- When the spouse is:
- Physically incapacitated
- Mentally incapacitated
- Legally separated
- Unmarried mother/father
- Another person who provides parental care and support to a child
- A family member who has been abandoned by the parent of the child
- OFW who work outside the Philippines for a year and belong to a low/semi-skilled category
What are the Solo Parent Benefits?
- A solo parent shall have a parental leave of not more than seven (7) days. This benefit will be given to employed solo parents who have been employed for at least six (6) months
- Scholarship grant for solo parents and a full scholarship for one of his/her children who is below 22 years old and still dependent.
- Php 1,000 monthly subsidy for a minimum wage earner solo parent (Must not be a beneficiary of any other cash assistance program)
- If a solo parent earning no more than P250,000 yearly, they will be entitled to a 10% discount and value-added tax exemption on the following until their child is six (6) years old:
- Baby’s milk
- Food and micronutrient supplements
- Prescribed medicines
- Medical supplies
- Work discrimination protection
- Housing prioritization
- Health Insurance from Philippine Health Insurance Corporation for a solo parent
If you’re a solo parent, you may consider applying now to take advantage of the solo parent benefits they offer.
If you want to apply, here’s how: Application Guidelines