Solo Parent Act IRR set

The Commission on Human Rights lauded the efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the technical working group and its partner agencies for the completion of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act 11861 or the Expanded Solo Parents’ Welfare Act, which was signed on 30 September.

The commission expects of the swift implementation of the law to address the pressing needs of solo parents during this period of economic hardships.

“We also expect readiness, efficiency, and transparency from the DSWD, its partner agencies, local governments, and the business sector in providing enhanced social services, benefits, and discounts entitled to all Filipino solo parents to truly improve their plight,” said the CHR.

The RA 11861, which amends RA 8972, gives primary consideration to low income solo parents and is generously favorable to all solo parents in keeping with the principles of social justice.

Among its notable features include a P1,000 monthly cash subsidy for minimum wage earners and below.

Those earning below P250,000 a year are also entitled to a 10 percent discount and exemption from the value-added tax of food and milk products and nutritional supplements for their child until six years of age.

According to CHR, the expanded definition of solo parents in the new law is another important amendment to equally recognize the rights and needs of those who took on the role of a solo parent to a child or children who may not be biologically theirs.

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