Angeles council accredits solo parents’ organization

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here has recognized the Solo Parents Alliance for Community Empowerment (SPACE), an organization of single mothers in the city.

This was gleaned in a resolution accrediting the SPACE as one of the civil society organizations existing in Angeles City pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular Number 2016-97.

The DILG memo circular states the accreditation of civil society organization and selection of representatives to the Local Special Bodies.

SPACE President Jane Dayrit Nunag thanked the members of the city council led by Vice-Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno and the proponent of the Solo Parent Ordinance of Angeles City, Councilor Amos Rivera for the accreditation.

“Finally, accredited na po ang SPACE sa Local Development Council as a legitimate civil society organization. We are all happy because we will have a voice in the city government as solo parents,” Nunag said.

She added that the organization and its officers are facing a big challenge as many single parents now want to join the SPACE.

“We can’t afford to relax right now because we know that many solo parents are coming out unlike in the previous years they do not want to join the organization. But because of the accreditation in the city council and the support of the local government unit they will the guts to come out,” Nunag said in the vernacular.

Pursuant to the Solo Parents Act of 2000, Rivera was inspired to work for additional benefits for solo parents, according to Nunag.

“Na-inspire po si Councilor Amos Rivera na mas palawigin ang RA 8972 focusing mainly sa Angeles City na merong concrete benefits and privileges ang mga solo parents,” Nunag said.

Rivera authored City Ordinance 356 (Solo Parents Ordinance of 2014) and because of this SPACE was organized, she added.

SPACE is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and several malls and commercial establishments are now supporting the solo parents program, according to Nunag.

“With the accreditation made by the City Council, we are expecting that more establishments will participate and help solo parents,” she said.

Councilor Jesus Sangil congratulated the SPACE for the accreditation.

Sangil vowed to push for the appropriation of more funds for several programs, including livelihood and other activities that will benefit solo parents in the city.

“Now that they already have a legal personality, it is now easy for SPACE members to connect with the local government unit in terms of program implementation and they themselves will benefit from it,” Sangil said.

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