Erwin Tulfo

Bill on child support filed in House

September 12, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 340 views

A measure that seeks to punish the willful failure to pay paternal child support was filed in the House of Representatives.

In filing House Bill 8987 or An Act Punishing the Willful Failure to Pay Paternal Child Support, ACT-CIS Rep. Erwin Tulfo underscored the need to fix the amount of financial support that a non- custodial father should provide for his child.

Aside from Tulfo, other authors of the bill are ACT-CIS Reps. Jocelyn Tulfo, and Edvic Yap; Benguet Cong. Eric Yap and Quezon City Rep. Ralph Tulfo.

The proposed measure proposed that paternal child support be fixed at 10 percent of the father’s salary, but should not be lower than P6,000 a month or P200 a day.

The bill also proposes a penalty of six to 12 years imprisonment and a fine of P100,000 to P300,000 for fathers who willfully fail to pay child support.

The lawmakers said the criminalization of a deadbeat father is already duly provided in Republic Act 9262 or the Anti_Violation Against Women and Children (Anti- VAWC) Act, particularly referred to as economic abuse, which includes the withdrawal of child support.

“However, the comprehensive implementation and enforcement of paternal child support, including all other acts to establish the said legal obligation, is still a legislative priority,” the bill said.