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Friday, February 20, 2015

“Kasalan ng Bayan” benefit 89 couples in Pagadian

By Leah D. Agonoy

PAGADIAN CITY - Mayor Romeo Pulmones officiated this year’s Kasalan ng Bayan with 89 couples saying “I Do” to their partners last Feb. 14 at the Executive Function Hall, City Hall Complex here.

In his message, Pulmones thanked the couples in behalf of the officials of Pagadian City for availing the ‘Kasalan ng Bayan’ saying that securing their own marriage certificate is not only an advantage for them as a couple but is most importantly for their children.

“Marriage is very important especially to your children so they could be called as legitimate children,” the Mayor said.

“When your children want to join sports activities like the division meet, regional meet or “Palarong Pambansa,” and if coaches and sports officials doubt the real age of your children because they look older than their age, they would be asked to present security paper (SECPA) from the NSO as well as marriage certificate of their parents,” Pumones explained

Pulomes said the marriage certificate is part of the requirements of the agencies hiring employees abroad.

“There are requirements that need your names in the document that is why marriage certificates is also needed….”

“We are grateful that we have leaders in the city who are supportive of the program. We have noticed that there are many would-be couples would like to avail of the program and have seen the importance of the wedding,” Pulmones said adding they are expecting more couples to avail of the Kasalan ng Bayan next year.    

Meanwhile, City Civil Registrar Officer Leonardo Acorda related that in Pagadian City, the Kasalan ng Bayan started in 1999 and was conducted through clustered barangays.

Acorda added that “every February we celebrate the Civil Registration Month” pursuant to a memorandum issued by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) enjoining all local civil registrars to initiate a program like the “Kasalan ng Bayan.”   

He added that the wedding would benefit most the couples’ children, as it would be more advantageous for them to be born to legally married parents.

After the ceremony, Pulmones distributed awards to pregnant bride who is nearest her delivery period, youngest pair and oldest pair.

Mayor Pulmones also gave awards to seven couples from the city’s farthest barangay, Lison Valley.