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DSWD signs rules for solo parents welfare law

Rainier Allan Ronda - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Secretary Erwin Tulfo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) yesterday led the signing of the implementing rules and regulations for the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2021.

Tulfo had formed a technical working group to draft the rules for the implementation of the law.

Under the law, a solo parent earning minimum wage or below is entitled to receive a monthly subsidy of P1,000 from the local government unit, provided that the parent is not a beneficiary of other cash assistance programs, 10 percent discount and exemption from value-added tax on baby’s milk, food, vitamins, medicines, diapers, vaccines and other medical supplements from a child’s birth up to six years.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) welcomed the collaboration between the DSWD and Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) to help children and their mothers receive financial support from estranged fathers.

In a statement, the CHR said the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the DSWD and PAO to run after neglectful fathers is a “milestone in guaranteeing children’s rights.” – Elizabeth Marcelo

ERWIN TULFO

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