The House of Representatives has recently approved overwhelmingly on third and final reading a bill that seeks to provide more benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children.
House Bill 8097, which seeks to amend Republic Act 8972 or the “Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000” garnered 208 affirmative votes. It aims to uplift the lives and status of solo parents and their children.
The bill provides that qualified solo parents may avail of the additional benefit of a 10-percent discount from purchases of basic necessities of a child or children under his or her sole responsibility.
It also enhances the educational benefits provided under current laws by guaranteeing full scholarship for a child of solo parent and prioritizing their other children, if any, in the educational programs of government.
The measure likewise promotes childminding centers, breastfeeding facilities in workplaces, social safety and employment assistance for them through livelihood and skills training, medical and health welfare assistance in state hospitals, and priority consideration in poverty alleviation programs of government.