By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — About 15 million solo parents in our country will soon enjoy additional privileges and better government support once the measure expanding benefits to them and their families is finally passed into law, Senator Richard J. Gordon today said.
Gordon, principal author of Senate Bill (SB) 1411, or the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Bill, said the measure, once enacted into law, provides solo parents with a comprehensive package of social development and welfare services.
“Napaka-timely ng batas na ito. It shows the mind of liberality we have, the society we have, the kind of caring, the kind of humanitarian sentiments we have for those who have been dealt a wrong set of cards or have become widowed,” he said.
“Ang Senado ng Pilipinas, ang Kongreso ng Pilipinas ay hindi insensitive at handang tumulong at napakalaking bagay sa mga anak ng solo parent sapagkat sila ay lalaki nang may suporta, may konting ayuda at konting recognition,” he added.
According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) study, the country has about 15 million solo parents, 95 percent or more than 14 million of whom are women. (ai/mtvn)