The planting of mangroves in Brgy. Tuburan, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, is now an annual activity of the municipal government for couples, before participating in a mass wedding.
Mayor Marvin Malacon officiated at the mass wedding of 48 couples at the Wilkinson Social Court, yesterday assisted by the municipal councilors, and witnessed by families and relatives of the couples.
Last week, the 48 couples joined the mangrove planting activity in the coastal barangay of Tuburan in EB Magalona led by Municipal Environment and Natural Officer Jojo Vargas.
Vargas said the annual activity is aimed to help to combat climate change and educate families in EB Magalona to be guardians of the environment.
Local Civil Registrar Mercedes Recla, who organizes the annual mass wedding in EB Magalona, said that while it is not a requirement under the Family Code to plant trees before securing a marriage certificate, the 48 couples were convinced to do it.
The couples did not only avail of a free wedding, but they also helped in the preservation of the environment, Recla added.
Mayor Marvin Malacon said every family in EB Magalona should be built with a strong moral and legal foundation, and that government should assist couples in instituting a family that is productive e to society.
A happy family makes a happy community, Malacon said. He also expressed strong support to the program of strengthening the foundations of family.
Aside from availing of a free wedding, the newly-wed couples were also given rice, gift packs and souvenir items from the municipal government. Door prizes were also given to the lucky pairs.*
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