Most solo parents are women
More than 91 percent of Baguio City’s new solo parent ID holders last year and more than 94 percent of those who renewed their IDs are female, based on the record of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
CSWDO Gender and Equality focal person Myrna Valencerina presented the 2022 solo parent ID data in a press conference on March 8, coinciding with the celebration of International Women’s Day.
In the report, a total of 859 new applicants were issued solo parent ID last year wherein 789 are female and 69 are male.
Of the total, 302 female solo parents are living below the poverty threshold while 487 are above the poverty threshold. Meantime, 27 male solo parents are living below the poverty threshold while 42 are above the poverty threshold.
Based on the CSWDO data, eight are legally separated; 168 are widow/widower; 179 are married; and, 503 or majority of the new solo parents are single.
Aside from the new solo parents, a total of 527 renewed their ID last year wherein 497 are females while 29 are males. Eight are legally separated; 108 are widow/widower; 147 are married; and, majority or 291 are single.
Valencerina said these numbers are not meant to stereotype women when it comes to solo parents but should be considered when it comes to preparation of plans and programs relative to gender and equality.
Among the assistance and interventions extended by the CSWDO to solo parents are values formation trainings, livelihood trainings, skills trainings and other programs, projects and activities that are geared towards advancing their present condition. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan