The Department of Social Welfare and Development through ‘Listahanan’ recently disclosed that Puerto Princesa has the highest number of solo parents in the MIMAROPA region, recording 1,700 cases. The city is followed by the municipality of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro with 1,036 solo parents and the town of Narra, Palawan with 672 solo parents. Republic Act No. 8972, also known as the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000, defined a ‘solo parent’ as an individual left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood or providing parental care and support to a child or children.
According to the 2015 Listahanan database, there are 69,646 individuals, or 2.7 percent, of the total 2,573,992 assessed population in the region who claimed as solo parents. The figure comprises 19,722 (28.3%) males and 49,924 (71.7%) females. There are 6,057 poor solo parents in Oriental Mindoro; 3,478 poor solo parents in Occidental Mindoro; 1,661 solo parents in Marinduque; 2,813 solo parents in Romblon; and 8,595 poor solo parents in Palawan.
Moreover, the top barangays with the highest number of solo parents are Barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro with 155 poor solo parents; Barangay Bancalaan, Balabac in Palawan with 152 poor solo parents; and Barangay Sicsican in Puerto Princesa City with 124 poor solo parents.
The database further revealed that in terms of marital status of poor solo parents, 9,755 (43.2%) are widowed, 6,000 (26.5%) are separated, and 4,296 (19%) are single. Also, most of the solo parents are in the age bracket of 35 to 44 years old.
Listahanan is a mechanism of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. From the 569,000 households assessed region-wide, about 207,863 were identified as poor in MIMAROPA.
According to DSWD, qualified solo parents may avail the following benefits from the government: parental leave, educational aid from the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education, livelihood training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, as well as allocations in low-cost housing projects and medical assistance.
DSWD calls for solo parents to get their ID valid from the office nearest them. The card is renewable after a year and will entitle the parent to the said government benefits.
-with excerpst from Press Release of DSWD-Mimaropa