De La Salle University, Philippines
The Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 under Republic Act No. 8972 was embodied to implement in the Philippines for giving benefits and privileges to all solo parents and children for their social development and welfare services supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In fact, various organizations both government and non-government reinforced this act for sustainable participation and consideration of the Philippine law. Through this study, the researchers assessed and evaluated the level of implementation of R.A. 8972 as well as the degree of problems encountered by the respondents using random sampling techniques particularly to the selected solo parent under District 6 of Manila. A descriptive design was used in order to give better description of the assessment and evaluation of the respondents regarding their benefits accumulated to the said act thru Likert Scale. With this, the study revealed that the work opportunities was implemented ranging 4.14 as the mean value, educational benefits was moderately implemented obtaining a computed mean value of 2.65, housing benefits was poorly implemented with 2.00 mean value, medical assistance was moderately implemented garnering 2.94 mean value, and the government support was poorly implemented garnering 2.24 mean value. As such, there are more problems encountered by the respondents on the implementation of the RA 8972 such as failed to be hired in the companies, cannot avail the scholarship programs for their children, influence peddling (palakasan system), Long processes of medical assistance due to hospital’s protocol or policies, and too much requirements processes. This result enacted by the group of researchers to formulate the Proposed Promotion and Enhancement Program of R.A. 8972 in order to observe and address a fully implementation of the Solo Parent Welfare Act of 2000.
Solo parent, gender, work opportunities, Republic Act 8972, social development