Here’s a reminder that having a Single Parent ID – and it can entitle you to great discounts


Parents rejoiced when the Expanded Single Parent Care Act, or RA 11861, entered the law earlier this month, providing new perks for single parents such as discounts.

And in case you’ve forgotten or wondered if the law is still in effect, here’s a reminder that an individual parent ID exists and can come in handy for getting discounts from certain organizations. Case in point – this post on social media making the rounds from a single mom who got a discount on her McDonald’s order using her ID.

To be clear, the law specifically provides perks for single parents such as a 10 percent discount on baby essentials like milk, food, micronutrient supplements, and sanitary nappies, as well as medications, vaccines, and supplements for children under 6 years old.

However, some towns and cities have issued their own local ordinances that give more benefits to single parent ID holders, such as additional discounts for other purchases. For example, Quezon City gives a 20 percent discount to single parents who dine in restaurants with their kids on the first and fourth Sundays of every month (which is similar to how the woman in the Facebook post above managed to get a 20% discount).

Senator Risa Hontiferos authored the Extended Single Parent Care Act. The law also provides low-income single parents with a cash benefit of PhP1,000 ($18.18) each month, prioritizes poverty alleviation programs, and their children are eligible for scholarship programs.

Under the new law, unmarried fathers who exercised sole parental authority over their children for at least six months may be single parents. Spouses of OFWs in the low or semi-skilled category who have been away from the country for a year may also qualify.

Read: New Law Gives Single Parents Discounts on Baby Basics, Monthly Benefit PHP1000



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