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Daming sakripisyo! Hontiveros says single parents are heroes

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Raising a child is “daunting,” but raising a child alone constitutes a specific set of challenges and difficulties.

Senator Risa Hontiveros made the statement on Monday as she sought the passage of her proposed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 164 or Expanded Solo Parents’ Welfare Act.

A solo mom herself, Hontiveros, said that SBN 164 “recognizes the difficulties and challenges of being a solo parent.”

“Sheroes’ ang mga kapwa ko solo moms,” Hontiveros said, combining the words ‘she’ and ‘hero.’ “Ganun din ang mga tatay na mag-isa lang.”

“Solo parents play multiple difficult roles,” said, Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality.

“Para sa mga solo parents, maaaring mag-isa ka lang na kumakayod. My proposal is to ensure that our solo parents are given enough support to take care of our children well,” she said.

Aside from the paid parental leave of 7 days annually, Hontiveros’ bill will also entitle solo parents to 20 percent discount on goods and services in private establishments, costs of childcare, and on tuition fees per child.

It also mandates government and private companies with more than 100 employees to create daycare facilities.

“Gusto kong malaman ng mga single tatay at single nanay na katulad ko na may nakikinig sa kanilang mga hinaing,” she said.

SBN 164 also pushes for the creation of a Solo Parents Affairs Office by the local government, and requires every barangay to have a Solo Parents’ Help Desk that can immediately assist solo parents and their children.

“We want to support our solo parents the best way we can. Ang isinusulong nating mga benepisyo ay mga konkretong solusyon,” she said.

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