The city government of Navotas has distributed financial assistance to the third batch of qualified solo parents.
Some 230 Navoteños received P2,000 through “Saya All, Angat All Tulong Pinansyal Para sa mga Rehistradong Solo Parents,” one of the city’s pandemic recovery programs under the Gender and Development (GAD) Fund.
“We recognize the hardships Navoteño solo parents face, and we hope to offer them a means to provide for their families through these challenging times,” Mayor John Rey Tiangco said.
The program will run for the whole year and aims to benefit around 1,500 solo parents in the city.
To qualify, solo parents must apply or renew their solo parent identification cards and undergo validation by the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
Navotas also provides P1,000 educational assistance to solo parents every school year as per City Ordinance No. 2019-17.
Tiangco, who served as Navotas representative in the 17th Congress, co-authored House Bill 8097 which, together with Senate Bill 1411, was consolidated into Republic Act 11861 or the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act.
RA 11861 granted additional benefits to solo parents, including P1,000 monthly subsidy, 10% discount and VAT exemption, 7-day parental leave with pay, priority in scholarship programs and grants, automatic Philhealth coverage, and others. Jun David