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Solo parents summit set in La Trinidad
by Susan C. Aro / PIA

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – More than a hundred solo parents in this town participated in the second Solo Parents Summit organized by the Municipal Social Welfare Office. 

The summit centered on the rights of solo parents, benefits and privileges, insights on solo parenting, and updates on developments on issues and concerns on solo parenting.

The summit is in line with the observance of Solo Parents’ Month every November. This year’s theme is “Solo parents facing challenges for a better future.”

Department of Social Welfare and Development regional focal person for solo parents Eleanor Bugalin presented salient provisions of the Solo Parents Welfare Act, as well as it limitations in its coverage.

Solo parents’ organization president Mica Amlag admitted the law lacks teeth but they are banking on the proposed ordinance which spells out the benefits and privileges and other provisions for said sector just like the senior citizens, and persons with disability.

One of the important features of the proposed ordinance is the installation of a solo parents’ desk and a focal person from the organization who will take charge of the sector’s issues and concerns.

Among the benefits spelled out in the proposed ordinance are livelihood assistance, educational assistance, coordination of local government of individually sponsored Social Security System and PhilHealth sponsorship.

Amlag admitted that being a solo parent is tough. “I know the situation because I’ve been through such,” she said.  “We are fighting for the fair benefits of solo parents just like what other marginalized groups receive,” she said.

The group has around 200 members.

Representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, National Housing Authority, and SSS also discussed their programs and projects which the sector may avail of.


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