Spouses of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will soon enjoy the benefits given to single parents, senior citizens or person with disabilities (PWDs) in the country.
That’s if the Senate Bill No. 1936 introduced by Senator Risa Hontiveros passed into law. Under the bill, spouses of low and semiskilled OFWs staying in a foreign country for more than a year will fall under the “solo parent” category as defined by law.
The bill will also expand the mandated government assistance given to single parents and their children under Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act.
Hontiveros proposed that individuals married to OFWs will be allowed to enjoy the following;
- 20% discount on medicines, vaccines, health supplements and other medical needs and supplies of their children under 18 years old.
- 20% discount in hospital expenses, medical consultation, and laboratory fees both in private and public health establishments.
- 20% discount on all purchases of a child’s basic necessities
- 20% percent discount on tuition fees per child from kindergarten to college level in both private and public educational institutions on top of any scholarship grants if any
- 20% discount to spouses of OFWs and their children for the use of all private and public recreational facilities — a privilege given to senior citizens and PWDs
Aside from that, solo parents could also claim tax amnesty and or reduction of real estate or inheritance taxes, as well as P50,000 personal exemption from the individual income tax in addition to the existing exemption that a solo parent may claim for their children.
Under the bill, all government units are mandated to establish their own “Solo Parents Affairs Office and companies employing more than 100 people to have daycare facilities.
Solo parents can also claim tax amnesty and/or reduction of real estate or inheritance taxes, as well as P50,000 personal exemption from the individual income tax, in addition to the existing exemption that a solo parent may claim for their children.
That’s it. if passed into law, this is a great help to some of our OFWs who are not earning big enough while working in other countries.