City-sponsored mass wedding eyed this year

The Office of the City Civil Registrar headed by Atty. Eric Elias will submit a proposal for the city government-sponsored mass wedding within the first 100 days of Mayor Beng Climaco’s third term or at least with this year.

“This is to encourage stability in the family and legitimize the status of children as part of his office’s commitment for the welfare of children,” Atty. Elias said during the press briefing last Monday.

He said his office has conducted delayed registration of birth service to the constituents of Barangay Buenavista last June 3, during which a total of 147 individuals were able to avail of the service.

Also, 115 marriage applications were processed by the registrar’s office last June 15.

Atty. Elias said his office in partnership with the Community and Family Service International (CFSI), the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other stakeholders conducted consultative meetings from June 18-26 on the significance of registration and documentation, which include the process necessary for registration of birth.

The target participants were Sama Badjaos from barangays Rio Hondo, Kasanyangan and Arena Blanco.

In line with this, Elias added the CFSI thru its “Sama Badjao Capacity Strengthening” Project turned over to his office some 300 information sheets and family list for verification and evaluation of the individuals for possible registration.

“This is part of our commitment to facilitate registration of the indigenous people,” Elias stressed.-(Vic Larato)