Pag-IBIG sponsors mass wedding for members

DAVAO CITY—The Home Development Mutual Fund, known as Pag-IBIG Fund, set aside the day of hearts for its sponsored civil mass wedding for members nationwide.

The mass wedding would be running on its seventh year, and carried the theme “I Do. I Do. Araw ng Pag-IBIG” for this year.

Fifty couples have listed up for the occasion in Davao City, the Pag-IBIG Fund Davao office said. It would be held at Salome’s Garden in Barangay Cabantian, Davao City. The participating couples were accommodated on a “first-come, first-served basis.

The Pag-IBIG Fund has tapped Judge Dante A. Baguio to solemnize the event, which Pag-IBIG hosted “to help couples who have no financial means to do so, to finally legalize their union through civil marriage rites.”

The agency would also insert a lecture on financial literacy among the couples after the civil rites “as a way of promoting Pag-IBIG to Filipino workers who are not yet members.”

“The mass wedding event does not end after the exchange of ‘I dos.’ Rather, it paves the way for newly weds to start a financially solid future through Pag-IBIG Fund membership,” it said.

Membership to Pag-IBIG Fund of at least one of the pair was a requisite to join the wedding event.

Raffle of prizes would be held also after the civil rites.

In Compostela Valley province the Tebow CURE Hospital attended to 106 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in a free mobile-screening clinic on January 26 in Nabunturan town.

Tebow CURE Hospital is an orthopedic specialty hospital in Davao City which provides elective orthopedic surgeries to both children and adults.

“Their primary charitable mission is to help children with treatable conditions like clubfoot, bowed legs, spinal deformities, untreated burns and cleft lip and palate,” said the sponsoring organization, the  Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

“This is a blessing from God that we are able to serve you and allowed us to serve,” said Dr. Nesti, one of the Tebow CURE Hospital mobile clinic team members. Today, we are happy because we exceeded our expected number of patients,” PSWDO head Josephine Frasco said.

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Manuel Cayon has written about Mindanao for several national newspapers for more than two decades, the most part of it on conflict-reporting, and on the political, insurgency and civil rights front. He also scribbles on the religious and human rights issues for the Thailand-based Catholic news agency as well as he strings for several wire agencies. His stint with then TODAY newspaper started his business reporting obtaining in Mindanao, continuing to this day with BusinessMirror. He received citations and awards, including two Biotechnology awards for reporting. He was a fellow of the US International Visitors’ Program Leadership in 2007 on conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution. He attended college at the Mindanao State University and the Ateneo de Davao University