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Easy Guide On How To Get A 'Solo Parent ID' And The Benefits That Comes With It

Solo Parent ID

According to the 2007 data from the National Institutes of Health, there are 14 million solo parents in the Philippines and the number is getting higher every year. These parents are entitled with benefits as stated under Republic Act No. 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) called an amendment of RA 8972 earlier this year that states the additional benefits such as discounts on purchases of basic necessities, medicine, school supplies and more.

Solo parent ID and benifits


1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:

   a. Due to de*th of spouse.
   b. Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
   c. Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner.
   d. 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.
   e. 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.

2. 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.

3. A woman impregnated by crime and the mother keeps and raised the child.

4. A person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children

5. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of the head of the family as a result of the de*th, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent


1. Prepare required documents.

A. Prepare required documents such as Barangay Certificate and any proof of financial status such as Income Tax Return (ITR). For persons who work at home or stay at home, the DSWD worker will be able to identify what document you can file instead of an ITR. Also, bring your child or children's birth certificate.

B. You also need to prepare your proof if you are a solo parent depending on your situation. It could be your spouse's de*th certificate, declaration of nullity of marriage or a medical certificate for parents with a spouse who is incapacitated. If you are separated, you may submit a certificate issued by your Barangay Captain indicating your circumstances as a solo parent, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

C. Filled up Solo Parent ID application form provided upon presentation and submission of requirements.

2. Submit your documents to your city or municipal social welfare and development office. Your documents will be assessed and evaluated by the social workers and it takes up to 30 days before you receive your ID.

The Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.



1. Flexible work schedule. The benefit of a flexible work schedule can mean that you may ask your employer for an earlier or later time-in and time-out to suit your needs as a solo parent. This is considering that it will not affect core work hours (as defined by the employer) and individual and company productivity.

2. Parental leave (7 days). As a solo parent, you are entitled to an additional seven (7) days leave from work every year. This is provided that you have worked for your employer for at least a year and you have given at least a week's notice prior. The leaves are non-cumulative and not convertible to cash. More FAQs on solo parent leave answered here.

3. Protection against work discrimination. “No employer shall discriminate against any solo parent employee with respect to terms and conditions of employment on account of his/her status,” as stated in RA 8972.

4. If applicable, additional support and assistance. If the parent falls below the poverty threshold (as set by the National Economic and Development Authority) and is deemed eligible by a DSWD worker, the parent can avail of educational, housing, and medical benefits and assistance from the following agencies: Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the National Housing Authority (NHA).



1. Quezon City - Quezon City Hall Social Services Development Department (SSDD) - City Hall Compound, Molave Youth Home
2. Manila - Department of Social Welfare and Development, Legarda St, San Rafael St, Quiapo, Manila
3. Marikina City - Marikina City Hall, Mcdonald Avenue, Sta. Elena, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila
4. Pasig City - Caruncho Avenue, Barangay San Nicolas, Pasig City
5. Cebu - Department of Social Welfare and Service (DSWS), Katipunan, Labangon, Cebu City
6. Davao -Department of Social Welfare and Development, Barreza, J P Laurel Avenue, Davao City, Davao Del Sur.

Source: Money Max, KAMI
Easy Guide On How To Get A 'Solo Parent ID' And The Benefits That Comes With It Easy Guide On How To Get A 'Solo Parent ID' And The Benefits That Comes With It Reviewed by TNS Correspondent on April 25, 2020 Rating: 5

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