Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso signed Ordinance No. 8565, which will provide a P500 financial assistance to resident senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and solo parents; as well as Ordinance No. 8564, which will also provide a ?500 monthly allowance for qualified Grade 12 students residing or studying in public schools.
WHO IS CONSIDERED A SOLO PARENT?
According to RA 8972, you are considered a solo parent if you are:
- A woman who has given birth (and has decided to keep and raise the child) as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender.
- A parent left with the sole responsibility of parenthood due to:
- Death of a spouse
- A court or church declaration of annulment or nullity of marriage and he or she is entrusted with the children custody
- De facto separation or legal separation from spouse for at least one (1) year so long as he or she is entrusted with custody of the children
- A public medical practitioner certifies the physical and/or mental incapacity of a spouse
- Spouse serving a sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
- An unmarried parent who has decided to keep his or her child or children instead of giving them up to a welfare institution or other caregivers
- Any other person solely providing parental care and support to a child or children
- Any family member who assumes the responsibility of providing parental care and support in place of the head of the family as a result of
- Prolonged absence,
- Abandonment, or
- Death of the parents or solo parent
Para naman sa PWDs, kung kwalipikado sila ay pasok sila sa pangalawang bugso ng ayuda.
“Buo ang tiwala ng DSWD na ang ating mga eligible families ‘yun pong kabilang sa low income at may mga family members na kabilang sa vulnerable or doon sa mga tinatawag nating mga senior citizens or PWD na sila ay nakapagsumite ng apela sa kanilang local social welfare development officers,” ani Dumlao.