Eleven couples got married in a mass wedding held at Iloilo City Hall Penthouse 1 April 26.
Mayor Jose Espinosa III officiated the mass wedding organized by the City Population Office (CPO).
“Family is the most important social unit in our society. The government has the obligation to protect the family and make sure that everyone in the family is protected. According to our law, marriage is permanent. That is why, as couples, you should value your marriage and make sure that it will work,” Espinosa said.
The mass wedding was organized to legalize the union of engaged couples in the metropolis, according to Population Program Officer III Rachel Lapascua.
“The mass wedding is part of Pag-Ulikid Program. We offer this mass wedding to indigent couples in city,” Lapascua said.
The CPO will hold another mass wedding in May.
“Interested couples should personally visit Civil Registry Office to apply for marriage license. One of the requisites is they have to undergo pre-marriage counseling. For those who have yet to reach the legal age for marriage, they need to get a consent from their parents,” Lapascua explained.
City Population Program Officer III Ramona Casibual stressed the importance of marriage to couples who have children.
“Marriage is important for couples and their children because there are schools requiring the parents of pupils to submit a marriage contract,” Casibual said.
Newly-wed Evenizer Sarbia thanked the City Government for organizing the mass wedding.
Sarbia, 50, and his wife, Shirley Roa, have been together for almost 20 years. They have three children.
Roa, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) went home for vacation.
“Before she leaves to work again, we decided that this is the appropriate time for us to get married,” Sarbia said.
They met in one of the companies in Manila where Sarbia worked as security guard and Roa, who hailed from Caloocan City, as a saleslady.
“Before I left for work abroad, I promise to him that he will be my only one. Nothing more,” Roa said. (PIO)