MANILA (DWDD) – In its bid to get the attention and support of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the speedy passage of bills pending in Congress and Senate seeking to amend RA 8972, the Federation of Solo Parents Luzvimin-United Solo Parents of the Philippines is joining the “SONA of the People”, together with other vulnerable sectors which have issues and concerns.
“We would like to seek the President’s support in pushing for the amendments to RA 8972. There are bills already filed in both the Upper and Lower House seeking to amend the law. However, these are not being prioritized,” FSPL-USPP President Carrie Javier stated.
According to Javier, their organization which represents an estimated 80,000 plus solo parents all over the country has been actively lobbying for the passage of the amendments.
“It is high time to amend this antiquated law because it does not really address the emerging needs of solo parents and their children. Our sector is increasing in number and solo parents are getting younger, which is alarming,” Javier explained.
It could be recalled that the Federation’s leaders met with Senator Vicente Sotto III last May 9 after the Senator’s controversial remark went viral and he was lambasted in social media. Since then, the group has been conducting a series of advocacy activities, which include orientations on RA 8972 and its proposed amendments, as well as helping solo parents organize.
“‘That incident proved to be the turning point for us, and we want to maintain the media mileage and national attention by intensifying our advocacy and information campaign, together with our partner organizations. We are encouraging solo parents to organize so they will have a voice in fighting for their rights,” Javier emphasized.
Javier and her co-officers also sit in the Technical Working Group under the Committee on Revision of Laws in Congress.
The group is eagerly waiting for the resumption of sessions in both houses.
“We know the legislative process takes a long time, we have waited for 17 long years to have this law amended, and so we are hoping that this will finally happen before President Duterte’s term ends, hence, we are appealing to him on behalf of millions of solo parents in the entire Philippines to support the amendments,” Javier emphasized.
The group will converge tomorrow, June 24, 10 am, in front of Home Depot along Commonwealth Avenue, together with the Confederation for Unity Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) and Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (SWEAP).
“Hinihiling ko sa mga solo parents lalo na yung mga nakatira sa Quezon City na sumama sa malawakang pagkilos na eto, ipakita at iparinig natin ang ating mga hinaing, panahon na para tayo magkaisa kung gusto nating makamit ang tagumpay ng ating mgs ipinaglalaban, Javier exhorted. FSPL-USPP / MCAG