Mayor Mauricio Domogan has already approved the IRR prepared by the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development (OCSWADO) led by OCSWD Officer Betty Fangasan. Hence, solo parents and their children who are Baguio residents, will be able avail of additional benefits other than those provided by Republic Act No. 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000.
The implementation of this privilege 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%.
Ordinance No. 99-18 “Providing Local Additional Assistance to Solo Parents and their Children in the City of Baguio”
Implementing Rules and Regulations
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS TO AVAIL OF THE BENEFITS
- At least one (1) year of residency in the City of Baguio
- Is solely responsible over their child/children
- Has no partner at the time of application; must be supported by an affidavit of two disinterested persons
- Solo Parent ID validated and signed by the city mayor and OCSWADO
- Solo Parent Booklet
BENEFITS UNDER ORDINANCE NO. 99-18
- At least 10% discount on the following:
- food supplements and milk (for children 3 years old and below)
- medical supplies, vaccines and medicines* (for children 18 years old and below
- medicines* of the solo parent
- School supplies
- for children 18 years old and below
- discount do not cover books, uniforms and other school requirements
- Tuition fees
- per child who is studying in a public or private institution (elementary, high school, senior high or university)
- hospital bill of the solo parent or the child who is admitted to a public or private hospital in the city of Baguio
- Consultation fees
- Laboratory fees for the following procedures:
- urine analysis
- CT, MRI, PET scans
- blood chemistry exams
- immunopathology and histopathology
- bacteriology and parasitology tests
- blood banking
- all other diagnostic radiology, clinical laboratory and other exams
- Barangay level training programs
- will be based on the the beneficiary’s needs
- Barangay help desk access
- to be set up by the Kagawad handling the Committee on Social Services
- Death Benefits
- NOTE: Children of deceased solo parent have to pass required documents to avail of this.
- PHP 5,000.00 for funeral expenses
- Natural Death – PHP 10,000.00
- Death caused by Accident – PHP 20,000
Medicines* – refers to both non-prescription & prescription medicines approved by BFAD & DOH; used in diagnosis, treatment, mitigation, cure or prevention of sickness.
NOTE: The discount cannot be treated as additional benefit on top of those given to senior citizens and persons with disability so that solo parents who are also senior citizens or with disability can avail of the discount only once.
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 (CSWDO) 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)
For other concerns regarding the new ordinance that is not discussed in this article, please get in touch with CSWDO at 444-6467.
source: Public Information Office – Baguio