Spouses of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) that are working abroad for more than one year will be regarded as “solo parent”. Therefore, they are entitled to certain benefits similar to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

The expansion was given by Sen. Risa Hontiveros to single mothers and their children under the Republic Act No. 8972, also known as Solo Parents’ Welfare Act.

“The reforms [I proposed] would alleviate the plight of solo parents in the country and mitigate the disadvantages that children in solo parent households have to live with,” says Hontiveros.

It is said that under the Senate Bill No. 1936, all “low and semi-skilled” spouses of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are working for more than a year in a foreign land falls under the “solo parent” category according to the Law.