QUEZON CITY, July 13 (PIA)–The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with the Federation of Solo Parents Luzvimin (FSPL), is conducting the First National Solo Parents’ Summit to push for the amendments to Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000.
To be attended by an estimated 300 solo parent-leaders, advocates and representatives of different government agencies and local government units (LGUs), the Summit will be held on July 14, 2018 (Saturday), from 8 AM – 5:30 PM at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Gym, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
The Summit aims to provide a venue for local implementers, solo parent leaders/ advocates and stakeholders to engage in interactive discussion on the issues and concerns affecting the sector; and come-up with a concrete plan of action in advocating the amendments.
According to DSWD Secretary Virginia N. Orogo, the amendments to RA 8972 is among the priority legislative measures being advocated by the DSWD.
“Solo parents are considered a vulnerable sector of society since raising children on your own is a herculean task, hence, the national and LGUs should provide them with the necessary assistance to help them cope with the challenges of solo parenthood,” Orogo explained.
Orogo also urged LGUs to improve social services for solo parents, especially in the barangay level.
“One concrete help that should be given to solo parents is the establishment of day care and child minding centers in the barangay, where they could leave their children while they are working,” Orogo said.
A World Health Organization-funded study by the Department of Health (DOH) and the University of the Philippines – National Institute for Health (UP-NIH) conducted in March 2007 places the number of solo parents at 14 to 15 percent of estimated 94 million Filipinos, which is about 14 million.
Taking off from this study, the FSPL estimates the current number of solo parents at an estimated 15 million, 95 percent of whom are women. (PIA-NCR)
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