Pag-IBIG Fund held on February 14 its annual “I Do, I Do! Araw ng Pag-IBIG” mass wedding for the benefit of over 1,000 member-couples in 11 venues nationwide.
“This is how we celebrate Araw ng Pag-IBIG on Valentine’s Day. For the past nine years, Pag-IBIG Fund has helped member-couples formalize their union and, at the same time, enjoy the benefits of Pag-IBIG Fund membership. This is one of the many ways that we carry out President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive of helping Filipino families, particularly those in the low-income sector, by providing them better access to social benefits,” said Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario, Chairperson of the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees and newly-appointed secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).
In the National Capital Region, the wedding rites for this year’s “I Do, I Do! Araw ng Pag-IBIG” were conducted in Manila. Similar celebrations were also held in Baguio, Isabela, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Bicol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. In light of the COVID-19 or coronavirus disease, the conduct of the mass wedding in these areas strictly followed the recommendations of the Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of guests and participants. Measures included the deployment of medical teams to help implement screening and reporting protocols.
“Pag-IBIG Fund shares the aspirations of our members in uplifting their lives and that of their families. Our ‘I Do, I Do! Araw ng Pag-IBIG’ event is part of our corporate social responsibility activities. We help members from the low-income sector who do not have the financial means to formalize their union and at the same time highlight to them the social benefits of Pag-IBIG Fund membership. This is our way of showing that Pag-IBIG Fund is not only a savings institution and a provider of home loans, but is also their partner in building happy families,” Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti said.
Since its start in 2012, Pag-IBIG Fund has helped wed over 21,000 member-couples through the event. (PR)