Solo Parent Ordinance in Baguio City is now ready for full implementation as its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) have already been approved.
According to Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, Mayor Mauricio Domogan already approved the ordinance’s IRR. Hence, the implementation of this privilege for solo parents who are Baguio residents will now be mandatory for the following facilities in the city of Baguio.
Solo Parent Ordinance
The Solo Parent Ordinance was pushed last year by Bilog and Councilor Faustino Olowan in order to help solo parents whose income is under PHP 250,000.00. This ordinance, according to them, will provide additional benefits aside from what Republic Act 8972 offers.
With the ordinance, solo parents will be able to avail discounts on tuition fees; purchase of medicines and grocery items; and receive burial assistance of at least 10%.
Implementing Rules and Regulations
According to Bilog, there’s just one significant change for the ordinance’s IRR. The discounts for college level children of solo parents has been removed, leaving only senior high level in its coverage.
In addition, he also said that to avail the privileges, solo parents should register with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). They should also have their Solo Parent ID and the booklet to avail the benefits.
He also said, “We will now have a massive information dissemination campaign to inform all establishments of the new law and what is due to solo parents.”
Penalties for Violations
For companies or persons violating the ordinance
- 1st offense – PHP 1,500.00
- 2nd offense – PHP 2,500.00
- 3rd offense – PHP 5,000.00 & closure of business
NOTE: Closure of business will be upon the order of the appropriate implementing agency.
For persons who falsify documents in order to benefit from the ordinance
- PHP 5,000.00 or imprisonment for one month
- Both the fine and imprisonment (upon the court’s discretion)
Application for Solo Parent ID in Baguio City
NOTE: For any concerns about the Solo Parent ID application and the booklet, please visit the City Social Welfare and Development Office located at Silungan Center, Upper Session Rd, Baguio City.
Here’s the list of required documents for those who will be applying for the Solo Parent I.D. in the city.
- Affidavit of 2 disinterested parties who knows that you are a solo parent
- Barangay Certificate of Residency
- Birth Certificate of minor children
- Valid ID (xerox)
- Pay Slip (ITR)
- Death Certificate (if deceased)
- Certification from jail (if incarcerated)
- Court decision (if annulled)