MANILA – A group of solo parents met with the Office of the Majority Floor Leader Sen. Tito Sotto to ask for support about the amendment of Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act.
According to Sen. Tito Sotto, it is a sign of moving on from the issue that raised public ire when he cracked a joke about single parents at the confirmation hearing of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
“It was blown out of proportion, but it is a blessing in disguise because since it is blown out of proportion, there is more attention to it. We can rally Congress. We can rally the Senate to seriously look at the amendments that they are proposing which if think are very laudable and important,” Sen. Sotto said.
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According to DSWD Central Office Solo Parents Organization President Carina Javier, the organization wants single parents to have more benefits under this law. It includes discounts on products such as milk, vitamins, supplements and medicine, hospitalization bills, laboratory fees, school supplies and others.
“We want to have law, RA 8972, amended within the year if possible, this amendment will grant additional benefits and privileges to solo parents and our children. And we all know that majority of solo parents are women, poor, unemployed, uneducated,” Javier said.
Senator Sotto assured that he will push for the appeal of the Solo Parents’ Organization at the senate.
Sen. Sotto said he will immediately create a draft bill that may be consolidated with other proposed amendments on the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act.
“We will seriously look into their plight, their plight, and work on it and ask for the support of other members of Congress,” Sotto added. – Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue