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  • Writer's picture Mark Moises Calayan

Solo parents in Baguio up by 21%, now at 548


Baguio City, Philippines - The city of Baguio has now registered a total of 548 solo parents in the city as of the first semester of 2023, based on the City Social Welfare and Development Office’s data.


This is 21 percent higher compared to 451 in 2022.

Of the 548 registered solo parents, 508 of them are females while 40 are males, of which, the oldest is 60 years old and the youngest is 18 years old, CSWDO Acting Assistant Cynthia Langagan disclosed this during the Baguio City Hall Hour on August 30.


As for the categories, there are 179 for Category A or those who are above the poverty line while 369 are under Category B or below the poverty line.


The data also showed that the majority of them had never been married- 230, followed by widows or widowers at 157; separated but still considered legally married- 138; legally separated- 14; Annuled- 6, and 3 for divorced. Those divorced processed their papers overseas.


Meanwhile, the agency has urged all solo parents in the city to register in their respective offices following the enactment of Republic Act No. 11861, otherwise known as the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act amending RA 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000.


Benefits inside this Act include financial support, flexible work hours, and seven days of parental leave, among others.


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