The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) was able to organize some twenty four solo parent organizations in various barangays to help advance the rights of solo parents and for the local government to be able to provide the appropriate assistance for their own welfare and protection.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan disclosed that the 24 groups of solo parents are composed of 245 individuals from 24 barangays in the city.
She added that if there are 15 or more solo parents in a barangay, the CSWDO is inclined to organize them into a group to help in advancing their cause with the concerned government agencies, the local government and the private sector aside from allowing the organization to be able to avail of appropriate benefits that will be used to improve the state of solo parents in the city.
The city social welfare and development officer claimed that solo parents will be able to avail of the prescribed assistance and interventions from the local government, individually or collectively, to help in ensuring the protection of their rights and privileges ranging from the appropriate trainings for the advancement of their skills and knowledge that they could use to uplift the living condition of their families, especially that they are alone in trying to hurdle the challenges of life in an urban setting.
According to her, the CSWDO in coordination with the regional office of the DSWD and the city’s 128 barangays is aggressively conducting massive information education campaign to convince solo parents to register with the local government so that they will be properly documented and for them to be closely monitored for the provision of whatever assistance and intervention that they are supposed to get from the city.
Fangasan expressed her gratitude to the social welfare workers in the different unit offices of the CSWDO for their patience in searching for the solo parents in their areas of jurisdiction and convincing them to register with the city for them to be able to avail of the appropriate privileges and interventions that should be provided to them for them to be given the opportunity to improve the living condition of their families.
Moreover, Fangasan also commended the solo parents for coming out in the open and seeking the assistance that should be provided to them by concerned government agencies and the local government to allow them to cope up with the difficulties of file after they were not able to have a successful relationships with their partners among other reasons that made them solo parents.
The local government department head that among the assistance and interventions that had been extended by the CSWDO to the increasing number of solo parents registering with the said office include values formation trainings, livelihood trainings, skills trainings and other programs, projects and activities that are geared towards advancing their present condition.
She stipulated that the registration of solo parents by the CSWDO in coordination with the city’s 128 barangays is still underway that is why those solo parents that are not yet registered should already visit their barangays or the CSWDO to register so that they will be included in the numerous programs, projects and activities of the city that are for the benefit of solo parents. By Dexter A. See