By Jennifer C. Tilos
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has scheduled a “Kasalang Bayan” on February 15, 2019 at the City Quadrangle for couples to finally formalize union especilly those who have been living together outside marriage and whose unions are not legitimized yet.
This is the second mass wedding to be solemnized by Mayor Remollo after the first one was held last year at Pantawan sa Boulevard that involved 73 couples of various ages and nationalities.
It was the first mass wedding in the city in 17 years.
And like in the previous mass wedding, some generous sponsors will provide each pair their rings while the cakes were given by Councilor Lilani Ramon for free.
To join the free mass wedding, the Office of the Local Civil Registrar has called upon the interested live-in couples and others who are not living in cohabitation including foreigners and residents outside of Dumaguete to submit all documents on or before February 8 for cohabiting parties and January 25 for non-cohabiting parties.
Among the documents required for live-in couples are: birth certificates; certificate of no marriage to be obtained from the Philippine Statistics Authority at P 210.00 fee; affidavit of cohabitation to be obtained from the Public Attorney’s Office for free and marriage certificate with a processing fee of P 300.00 at the Local Civil Registrar’s Office.
For non-cohabiting parties: birth certificates; advice of parents for persons aging 21-24 years old; consent of parents for persons aging 18-20 years old; valid identification cards; pre-marriage and family planning seminar at the POPCOM Office, registration fee P 100.00 and marriage license with P300.00 processing fee.
For foreigners: valid identification card of the contracting parties; certificate of legal capacity to be obtained from the Embassy of country of origin based in the Philippines; if widowed or widower, death certificate of the spouse; if divorced, original copy of Divorce decree; Certificate of no Marriage; couple’s pre-marriage and family planning seminar and processing fee for marriage license at P 300.00.