The Cebu Provincial Government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) held its 1st Provincial Solo Parents Summit last October 18-19 in the City of Naga, southern Cebu.
The summit aims to empower solo parents’ group from different local government units (LGUs) of the province.
PSWDO head Marivic Racho-Garces said that the meeting was held in relation to Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parent’s Welfare Act of 2000 that provides a wide-ranging program of services for solo parents and their children.
The law also covers fathers or mothers who raise their children by themselves, either because of the death of a spouse, abandonment, separation, or even those who have children as a result of rape.
It also includes solo parent those who are left to care for children not their own, such as nephews, nieces, or godchildren.
Garces said that aside from responding to the law, the event also aims to empower the Solo Parent Associations from Cebu’s 51 LGUs.
She added that the summit plans to promote awareness on the welfare of the solo parents and their children through thorough discussions on parenting management and methods of availing government services.
Social welfare officer Marietta L. Latonio said that parents can avail the livelihood skills training program offered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
She added that all they have to do is to have an identification card for them to avail of educational opportunities and other livelihood assistance.
“So long as you are a person solely responsible for the upbringing of a child, you are considered a solo parent under this act,” said Latonio.
Aside from the discussions, the activity also included dance contest of solo parents and logo-making competition.
Solo parents from Naga City bagged the first place in the dance presentation, while Bogo City claimed the 2nd, and Naga City and Toledo City got 3rd place.
In the logo-making contest, Haezy Sinugbahan, 21 years old from Danao City claimed the 3rd place; Geraldine Mediana, 28 years old from Bogo City claimed the 2nd place; and Maria Sandra Notarion, 56 years old from Talisay City claimed the 1st place.
The winning entry of the logo making contest will possibly be used as the official logo of the Provincial Solo Parents Federation.