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Are you a solo parent? Perhaps you might want to join the SOLO PARENT QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION by the City Social Welfare and Development Department (CSWDD) which will be streamed LIVE in Facebook on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:30pm and learn some of the issues and concerns on solo parenthood as well as the benefits under Republic Act (RA) 8972, known as the “Solo Parent’s Welfare Act of 2000.”


RA 8972 defines solo parent asany individual who falls under any of the following categories:

  • A woman who gives birth as a result of rape or crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender: Provided, that the mother keeps and raises the child;
  • Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood;
    • Due to death
    • While the spouse is detained, or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one year;
    • Due to physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner;
    • Due to legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one year; Provided, that he or she is entrusted with the custody of the children;
    • Due to declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church; Provided, that he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children;
    • Due to abandonment of spouse for at least one year;
  • 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;
  • Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children provided he/she is duly licensed as a foster parent by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or duly appointed legal guardian by the court;
  • Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent; Provided that such abandonment, disappearance or absence lasts for at least one year.

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