Twenty-eight couples were wed on Friday, July 8, in a congress of Philhealth beneficiaries in Isulan town, Sultan Kudarat.
The “Kasalan ng Bayan” was a highlight of the 3rd Philhealth Congress that Isulan Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue annually holds for the local government unit-sponsored constituents enrolled in Philhealth.
“Since March 16 this year, 227 couples have already availed of the free wedding service, which the mayor hopes to solve their problems regarding documentary requirements among indigents,” Joenard Gotong, chairman of Barangay Kenram said.
“We are privileged to have free Philhealth coverage and avail of this mass wedding which entitled us to free marriage license from the Local Civil Registrar, free wedding rite, affidavit of cohabitation, and sponsors’ fee, plus a gift from Mayor Pallasigue,” said Juliban Lauba. Juliban was married to Jocelyn de la Cruz during the congress.
Philhealth 12 Field Operations Division Chief, Dr. Miriam Grace G. Pamonag said the agency is proud of Mayor Pallasigue’s unique practices for his sponsored members.
Isulan is the only municipality in Region 12 that gathers its sponsored beneficiaries, she said.
During the first congress, he gathered the beneficiaries for a family day. Last year, he launched a project that provides stickers that identify the Philhealth beneficiaries of the municipality.
At the ceremonies, Mayor Pallasigue reminded to newly-wed, “I hope this wedding will not end in separation. Keep sharing time together especially in prayer. Also do not forget to share your time, talent, and treasure with your communities and environment.”
He also charged the sponsors to guide the couples as they begin to journey their life together legally. (PHILHEALTH XII)