MASS WEDDING — Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (right) delivers her message to couples who were united in matrimony during a mass wedding held at CSI Stadia on June 18. A total of 133 couples exchanged vows and “I dos” in the mass wedding officiated by the mayor. Also present are City Population Officer Leah Aquino (left), City Civil Registry Officer Marrien Mejia (2nd from left) and MYK Young City Civil Registry Officer Bianca Lane Manlimid (center). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

DAGUPAN CITY – A total of 133 couples exchanged their marriage vows in a Mass Wedding officiated by Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez last June 18 at the CSI Stadia in celebration of  the 71st “Agew na Dagupan” (Dagupan Day) on  June 20.
The mass wedding is an annual program organized by the City Population Office in cooperation with the City Civil Registry to help legitimize the union of couples living in without the benefit of wedlock and in order to make their children entitled to many benefits under the law.
This year’s batch of Manlingkor Ya Kalangweran, headed by Young City Mayor Kody Jalen S. Fernandez, witnessed the mass wedding.
A total of 2,163 couples in Dagupan City already legalized their union since the city started holding mass civil wedding in 2013.
The city government shouldered fees, like those for marriage license, pre-marriage counseling certificate and Certificates of No Marriage (CENOMAR), all of which aimed to make  Dagupan City the home of happy family.  (LGBASA/CIO/June 19, 2018)