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DOLE NorthMin binds unwed couples through FWP


Malaybalay City, Bukidnon - Six couples simultaneously exchanged wedding vows at Loiza's Pavillion on 8 September 2018 in a civil right organized by the Bukidnon Federation of Family Welfare Committees (BFFWC) chaired by Ms. Urchielyn Chavez Basalio of Del Monte Phils., Inc.


The couples composed of rank and file employees from some 30 member companies of BFFWC exchanged "I Dos" in a first-of-its-kind arranged mass wedding ceremony as part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE's) Family Welfare Program's (FWP) ten dimension under spirituality, solemnized by Judge Eldred T. Cole of the Regional Trial Court Branch 45 who reminded the couples on the importance of God, love, and commitment in their marriage.


According to DOLE Bukidnon Provincial Field Office Chief Raul L. Valmores, the activity is dubbed as "Kasalang FWP (Forever We Pledge)" which primarily aims to celebrate the couples' oneness and BFFWC's creative way of boosting the morale of these workers.


DOLE-X OIC-Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla, in her message commended the BFFWC in its effort to achieve FWP’s aim to draw corporate support in promoting workers and their family a quality of life by adopting a family-centered approach in the workplace.


“This mass wedding is yet the first time for FWP and this is worth emulating. There is nothing above love that we share our lives that is why the theme, “Forever We Pledge” is very inspiring because marriage is the best family foundation,” Pahalla said.


“This project is not only a special gift to the FWP member companies, but DOLE’s simple reminder that relationships should be accepted in the Bible and in society.  We foresee that these couples and their families will enjoy the benefits of legally-accepted relationships,” She added.


The oldest couple during the event was Erly D. Samuya (35 year-old factory packer) and Jonrel G. Duron (31 year-old) from REBISCO Group of Food Companies. Both were excited over the wedding, showed their affections and exchanged vows as an answer of their long-awaited desires to be legally bonded after having been together for six years. They already have three kids (the eldest at six years old and the youngest at eight months).


“I want to tell everyone how happy we are that our dream of becoming legally married is finally realized through DOLE’s FWP. We are forever grateful to this wonderful gift that REBISCO and BFFWC have given us,” Samuya, now Mrs. Duron said.


BFFWC Board of Directors disclosed that they look forward to continue the mass wedding activity in the coming years.


End/Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X



(Top) Six couples solemnized by Judge Eldred T. Cole while couples wear rings as simple of their eternal love at Loiza's Pavillion on 8 September 2018. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)


(Top) Principal sponsors DOLE-X Estrella U. Pahalla (on beige) alongside with DOLE-Bukidnon Provincial Head Raul L. Valmores witness the couples’ pledges solemnized by Judge Eldred T. Cole at Loiza's Pavillion on 8 September 2018. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)


(Top) One of the brides, Erly D. Samuya-Duron thanking BFFWC and DOLE-X while the rest of the couples listen at Loiza's Pavillion on 8 September 2018. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)


(Top) Bukidnon Federation of Family Welfare Committees Board of Directors pose with Provincial Head Raul L. Valmores (center) and FWP Provincial Focal Person Elna B. Seguiro (1st left) (Bottom) With DOLE-X Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla (seated in beige), TSSD Supervising LEO Arlyn Bael and FWP focal persons: Alice P. Tinhay (Misamis Oriental); Elna B. Seguiro (Bukidnon) and Glenford C. Labial (Regional Focal Person) at Loiza's Pavillion on 8 September 2018. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)




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