POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano conducted a one-on-one interview with Agusan del Norte, First District Representative, Atty. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun regarding the House Bill 8097, the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2020 in which the congressman sponsored.

Congressman Fortun highlights the spike in the number of solo parents in the country and recognizes their need for assistance and action to their concerns.

With its aim to develop and produce economic dividend in population setting, the Commission on Population and Development Caraga extends its effort in giving information and knowledge regarding different agendas pertaining to the program mandates of the agency, especially the responsible parenthood – family planning program.

The following are a few of the benefits, a solo parent could get after House Bill 8097 is approved. Grant a 7-day paid parental leave every year, provision scholarship programs to solo parents from the Department of Education, CHED, and TESDA. Full scholarship grant to the child. Discounts and VAT exemptions of goods and services from all establishments and rebates from electricity, and water bills.

House Bill 8097 is already on its third and final reading, both houses of Congress would first have to endorse the reconciled version of the solo parent’s welfare bill before it could be brought to Malacañang for the president’s approval.

Director Makinano highlights how crucial and important policy formulation for solo parents in this time of health crisis and beams how these benefits could impact economic development.