28 couples tie knots in Philhealth Congress

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)  

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