Press Release
May 21, 2018

The Commission on Population Regional Office-10 conducted two batches of PMC Orientation for the Local Civil Registrars (LCRs) of Northern Mindanao with a total of 81 participants. It was held on March 13-14, 2018 and April 17-18, 2018 at Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

The activity aimed to provide our LCRs with more information and knowledge on the PMC program and the process of doing it. It reminded them of their significant and critical role in the issuance of Marriage License. The LCRs play a very crucial role in the smooth and effective implementation of PD #965, The New 1987 Family Code of the Philippines and the RP-RH Law RA 10354.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Director, Mr. Ronaldo C. Taghap who took the time to talk with the LCRs considers the PMC orientation as development to PSA since it will further enrich or empower the LCRs to become better advocates and promoter of 100% civil registration goal in their respective towns. He also mentioned pertinent provisions related to marriage and family.

POPCOM-X Regional Director Jeremias C. Gupit was impressed by the turn-out of LCR participants and their appreciation of the relevant topics during the PMC sessions. Director Gupit welcomed their interest to have a closer interaction with the PMC Team members in their localities. Further, he encouraged the LCRs to generate the A1-data including the teenage pregnancy and have a world-class reporting system in providing the data for everybody’s source/access.

Assistant Regional Director Neil Aldrin G. Omega anchored his message on the “Ambisyon Natin 2040 vision” which emphasizes the life we want for the Filipino families which are to be a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor, and where people live long and healthy lives in a society that is trustworthy, smart and innovative.

There are some pressing population concerns that we want to resolve, he said. The government needs to balance its resources with population growth without compromising our environment. Such issues can be addressed if our interventions focus on families. We want to build strong families and since there is no school for marriage, one of the areas of gaining knowledge about it is through the PMC.

POPCOM’s Executive Director, Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez, III, graced the occasion. He shared with the LCRs that on March 14, 2018, the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 7303 which is an act instituting absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman. Also mentioned was HB # 6585, the present proposed bill on same-sex marriage. These proposed laws are viewed by some sectors as anti-family. So there are more reasons to strengthen our advocacy for strong family solidarity and on the PMC Program as it has something much to contribute.

The activity ended with the LCRs appreciation of the necessity of PMCounseling to the would-be couples. They understood better the whole context of PMC and vowed to ensure the adoption of marriage license protocol at their LGUs.