Solo Parents Welfare Act (2012 Amendments)

One of the hottest topics this week is the Solo Parents Welfare Act, amendments of which through House Bill 6184 were approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading on Monday, June 4, 2012.

The law now grants additional benefits to solo parents. We’ve embedded a copy of the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 (RA 8972, original version, where vital details are stated) as well its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for information and reference purposes.

Aside from housing and educational benefits, qualified solo parents may also avail of the following:
  • 10% discount on children’s clothing materials
  • 15% discount on baby’s milk, food and food supplement
  • 15% discount on all purchases of medicine for children (5 years old and below)
HB 6184 likewise expands the qualiļ¬cation of solo parents to persons left to take the responsibility of parenthood due to the partner’s incapacity or disability.

Solo parents are required to present identification cards (ID) issued by the city or municipal social welfare and development officer to avail of the expanded benefits.

Those who will violate the law will be penalized with a P10,000 to P100,000 fine and imprisonment of six months to two years.

House Bill 6184 was principally authored by You Against Poverty and Corruption (YACAP) party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez. Other authors include Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, Malabon Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, DIWA party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.


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