Huwebes, Pebrero 9, 2012

There is love in Pag-IBIG, and exchange of vows on Valentine’s

Much ado about not having love on Valentine’s Day?

For others, the ado lies not in finding the elusive “one”, but in the preparations needed in tying the knot and finally be proclaimed as “one”.

True to its name, the Pag-IBIG Fund has organized simultaneous mass wedding ceremonies in the country. The nationwide celebration of marital vows, which will be held on February 14, is dubbed “I do, I do. Araw ng Pag-Ibig” and is a timely concelebration of Valentine’s Day—an occasion associated with love and a time when various acts of love and passion are said to have been performed especially by insufferable romantics.

Through the Agency’s mass wedding initiative, Pag-IBIG members would find it more convenient and easier on the budget to finally be married. The high cost of having a wedding and the work and time spent for preparations will be minimized as the said activity will be free of charge and will be held in key points in the country.

Aside from this, the Pag-IBIG Fund will also be giving away house and lot as grand prize to the lucky newly-wed Pag-IBIG members.

Pag-IBIG, short for Home Development Mutual Fund (HMDF), is the government’s primary institution which provides financial assistance to its members through housing loans. It has been instrumental in making the working Filipino’s dream of having his or her own home real.

The event is open   to all Pag-IBIG members. As per Republic Act No. 9679, membership to the Fund shall be mandatory for the following:

a.   All employees, workers, professionals, officers and companies who are compulsorily covered by the SSS and GSIS;
b.   Uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Bureau of Jail Management and  Penology, and the Philippine National Police; 
c.   Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs); 
d.   Filipinos employed by foreign-based employers, whether deployed locally or abroad.

The mass wedding shall also include couples who have been married for at least 25 years and wish to renew their vows.

Those who are interested may go to the nearest Pag-IBIG Fund branch to get listed. The couples would need to secure their own marriage license to get included in the final list.

Such a wedding ceremony aims to strenghthen families and establish the importance of marriage in the Filipino culture. The event is also a way of initiating an active participation of the public in the different projects and programs of the government. 

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