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Sec Tulfo, DSWD, promised to help single mothers


Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo, vowed to help single mothers who are struggling to make ends meet amid a lack of child support from their former partner.

"I will encourage them to come to the DSWD, we will help them out. We will write letters. If not, we will file cases against the father of the children para mag-sustento (to give child support) because it is under the law now," secretary Tulfo said

"Marami pong hindi nakakaalam, akala nila dahil hindi sila kasal pero andun yung pangalan sa birth certificate ay libre sila. Mali po yun. You have to pay o ika nga sustentuhan mo yung anak kahit di kayo kasal o kahit na-impregnate mo lang ‘yung babae pero andun sa birth certificate yung name mo. You have to pay ika nga sustento to your child," dagdag ni Tulfo.

Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 criminalizes “depriving or threatening to deprive the woman or her children of financial support legally due to her or her family, or deliberately providing the woman’s children insufficient financial support.

According to Tulfo, single moms have the right to get alimony so they will help them get help.

The secretary further stressed that they will refer each case to the appropriate government agency while they will provide assistance to each complainant.

Apart from alimony, DSWD will also assist in the issue of child custody.
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