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A total of 1,450 indigent couples in Sorsogon province will seal their union in the “Kasalang Bayan” program of the provincial government from June 17 to 20.

In an interview on Friday, Salvador Mendoza, Sorsogon provincial information officer, said the activity aims to help couples who could not pay for their wedding ceremony due to financial constraints but are willing to receive the blessing of matrimony.

The four-day free wedding will be conducted in the towns of Juban, Irosin, Sta. Magdalena, and Bulan on July 17; Prieto Diaz, Bulusan, and Barcelona on July 18; Sorsogon City, Casiguran, and Magallanes on July 19; and Castilla, Pilar, and Gubat on July 20.

“The free wedding will allow the couples to live legally according to the law since most of our couples have been living together for years. Their children can now have the legal rights they deserve. It will also strengthen the foundation of the family,” Mendoza said.

He noted that the provincial government would provide a ring and cake for every couple to make the ceremony more memorable.

“The local chief executives of different municipalities and one city will serve as the officiating officers during the ceremony,” Mendoza said.

Through the civil registrar of every town, the provincial government provided free applications for all their documentary requirements. (PNA)