Issue of August 4, 2019
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Changes in solo parents edict eyed
by Jordan G. Habbiling

Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan said the Solo Parent Ordinance should now be implemented after its approval and as the City Mayor’s Office has prepared its implementing rules and regulations.

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, however, pointed out some inconsistencies in the provisions of the ordinance during the city council’s discussions last week.

Tabanda said that a certain provision in the ordinance is in conflict with Republic Act 7892, an act providing for benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.

“I am very much in favor of the Solo Parent Ordinance. However, RA 7892 provides for an income level. The solo parents who will avail of benefits, particularly the monetary benefits, should have an income not higher than poverty level incidents in a locality. In the ordinance itself and its IRR, there is no income level. Does it mean that regardless of income, they can avail of the benefits and privileges?” she said.

Section 4 of RA 7892 states that “any solo parent whose income in the place of domicile falls below the poverty threshold as set by the National Economic and Development Authority and subject to the assessment of the Department of Social Welfare and Development worker in the area shall be eligible for assistance.”

Acknowledging the points raised by Tabanda, Olowan suggested the amendment of the recently enacted ordinance.

“If we want it amended, then we can do some amendatory procedures. But that will not stop the implementation of the ordinance. That should be part of the report of the committee,” Olowan added.

The matter was referred to the committee on social services, women, and urban poor.

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