Single Blessedness (part 4)

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7. Other benefits. There are various benefits that especially target solo parents that are below the poverty threshold as set by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). It must be stressed that these benefits are in the nature of demandable rights and not privileges which can be withheld anytime. These benefits include:
a. Education. Under the Act, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are mandated to provide scholarship programs to qualified solo parents and their children in basic, tertiary and technical skills education.
b. Housing. Solo parents may also avail of housing benefits. Under the Act, they shall be given allocation in government housing projects and shall be provided with liberal terms of payment.
c. Medical. Solo parents can avail of the comprehensive health care program developed by the Department of Health (DOH). It will be implemented by the DOH through their government units through their provincial, district, city, or municipal hospitals and rural health units.

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