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Republic of the Philippines

PROVINCE OF CAMARINES SUR


Municipality of Ragay

OFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG BAYAN


(054) - 741-12-81

Excerpts from the minutes of the regular session of the


Sangguniang Bayan of Ragay, Camarines Sur held at the
Municipal Session Hall on February 11, 2002.
Present:
Hon. Domingo S. Cedo
Hon. Clarita SL. Almarez
Hon. Mateo M. Gonzales, Jr.
Hon. Rafael B. Dela Roca
Hon. Benjamin P. Ramos
Hon. Armando P. Hernandez
Hon. Eduardo G. Gaza
Hon. Estrella O. Alcaide
Hon. Romeo G. Mayor

Vice Mayor/Presiding Officer


Sangguniang Bayan Member
-do-do-do-do-do-doSB Member/ABC President

Hon. Trixie Ann C. Clemente


Hon. Alberto G. Villaflor

Sangguniang Bayan Member


SB Member/SKF President

Absent:

Introduced by Coun. Estrella O. Alcaide

ORDINANCE NO. 012, s. 2002


AN ORDINANCE REQUIRING ALL APPLICANTS FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE TO
UNDERGO PRE-MARRIAGE COUNSELING, CREATING A PRE-MARRIAGE
COUNSELING TEAM (PMC) AND DEFINING ITS ROLE AND FUNCTIONS, AND
IMPOSING A MINIMAL PMC FEE AS PART OF THE MARRIAGE LICENSE FEE TO
BE COLLECTED.
Be it ordained by the Sangguniang Bayan of Ragay, Province of Camarines Sur
in its regular session assembled, that:
SECTION 1. Alternative Title. This ordinance shall likewise be known as "The
Pre-Marriage Counseling Ordinance of Ragay".
SECTION 2. Legal Basis. The following laws, rules and regulations, decrees,
and issuances are the legal basis of the enactment of this ordinance:
a). Presidential Decree No. 956 otherwise known as the Pre-Marriage
Counseling Program dated July 20, 1976 required all applicants for
marriage license to receive instructions on family planning and responsible
parenthood;

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b). Executive Order No. 209 otherwise known as the Family Code of the
Philippines dated July 06, 1988 designated the Department of Social
Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide marriage counseling to
applicants for marriage license under twenty five (25) years old who need
parental consent or advice;
c). Republic Act No. 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of
the Philippines devolved the functions of national agencies and workers to
the local government units including the family planning program and the
counseling program of the DSWD;
d). Joint Memorandum Circular No. 02 dated May 28, 1998 issued by the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of
Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
and the Commission on Population provides the Pre-Marriage Counseling
Implementing Guidelines.
SECTION 3. Definition of Terms. As used in this ordinance shall mean:
a). Pre-Marriage Counseling or PMC is a one-day orientation program for
couples applying marriage license. It is designed to provide pre-marriage
couples with a realistic view of marriage, to create awareness and
appreciation of corresponding roles and responsibilities thus enabling
them to better handle situations involving issues and concerns that
confront newly married couples.
b). Applicant - shall mean the pre-marriage couples.
SECTION 4. Requirements. All applicants for marriage license shall be
required to undergo first a Pre-Marriage Counseling before their marriage. They
should undergo PMC sessions for a total of eight (8) hours. PMC sessions should be
conducted by at least three (3) trained counselors/facilitators from the PMC Team.
SECTION 5. Organization of the Pre-Marriage Counseling (PMC) Team. The
Pre-Marriage Counseling Team shall be composed of the following:
a). a representative coming from the Rural Health Unit;
b). a representative coming from the Municipal Social
Development Office;
c). one from the Municipal Agriculture Office;
d). one from the Local Department of Education (DepEd)
guidance counselor in a local school; and
e). one from the Non-Government Organization (NGO's)
Sector/groups. Religious groups are enjoined to enrich
providing spiritual dimension to the counseling process.

Welfare and

preferably a
or Religious
the team by

The Local Chief Executive shall organize the Pre-Marriage Counseling Team
and designate a team leader from among the members.

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SECTION 6. Eligibility Requirements. To ensure a better quality of service,


members of the PMC team should be;
a). Trained in PMC training of Counselors, and
b). at least one member is a DSWD accredited marriage counselor for couples
under twenty five (25) years old.
SECTION 7. Role and Functions. The PMC team is tasked to discharge the
following functions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Install/operationalize mechanism for retrieval of applicants names from


the Office of the Local Civil Registrar (OCLR);
Strengthen the referral system from the OLCR to the PMC Team;
Prepare the operational budget and allocate resources;
Issue PMC certificates to successful couples;
Conduct of PMC Sessions by way of:
a). Identify lead facilitator for PMC session. This may be rotated among
the members;
b). Post schedule of PMC sessions in the Office of the LCR, MSWD office or
other conspicuous places in the municipal hall;
c). disseminate information on PMC through radio, community
assemblies, barangay meetings, etc.;
d). ensure that the training area is convenient, conducive to learning and
sharing, private and promotes confidentiality;
e). prepare needed supplies/materials for the sessions;
f). allow no more than a maximum of fifteen (15) couples for each PMC
session.

SECTION 8. PMC Service Protocol.


followed by the applicant;
1.
2.
3.
4.

5.
6.

7.

The following procedures shall be

Couples shall apply for marriage license at the Office of the Local Civil
Registrar;
Pay the necessary fees at the Office of the Municipal Treasurer;
OLCR forwards referral to PMC Team;
Couples to personally register for PMC, accomplish the Marriage
Expectations Inventory (MEI) to help the PMC Team assess the needs,
approach and focus of the counseling sessions for the applicants;
Applicants are required to attend all sessions on time, without exceptions;
PMC Team issue PMC certificates to couples who have completed the
prescribed eight (8) hours counseling session. PMC session maybe
conducted as a one day activity, or divided into two four (4) hour sessions
for two (2) days, as maybe decided by the PMC Team;
Couples are referred back to the OLCR.

SECTION 9. Imposition of a fee. A minimal amount of One Hundred Pesos


(P100.00) shall be collected from applicants/couple as PMC fee to cover the operations

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cost or expenses during the conduct of Pre-Marriage Counseling. For purpose of this
section, paragraph (b), Section 89, Article II, Chapter 4 of Municipal Ordinance No.
016, series of 1999, known as the Municipal Tax Code of Ragay, is hereby amended, by
changing the phrase, "6. Family planning/counseling fee - 20.00" to be read as follows:
Section 89. Imposition of Fees.
(b)

Marriage Fees:
6. Pre-Marriage Counseling (PMC) Fee - P100.00

SECTION 10. Penal Provision. Any person who violates any provision of this
Ordinance upon conviction shall suffer the penalty of fine ranging from not less than
Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) to not more than Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos
(P2,500.00) or imprisonment of not less than five days but nor more than one month,
and/or both, upon the discretion of the court..
SECTION 11. Separability Clause. All ordinances, resolutions, orders, rules
and regulations or part thereof inconsistent with any provision of this ordinance are
hereby repealed, amended, and/or modified accordingly.
SECTION 12. Repealing Clause. - All resolutions, ordinances and executive
issuances, or provisions thereof, which are inconsistent with any of the provisions
hereof are hereby accordingly repealed, amended and/or modified.
SECTION 13. Effectivity Clause. This ordinance shall take effect immediately
upon its approval and after publication in a newspaper of local circulation.
UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED: By order of the Sangguniang Bayan of Ragay,
Camarines Sur this 11th day of February, 2002.
I HEREBY CERTIFY to the correctness of the above-mentioned Ordinance
otherwise known as "The Pre-Marriage Counseling Ordinance of Ragay"

(Sgd.)MANUEL C. COMOTA
Sangguniang Bayan Secretary
Attested:
(Sgd.)DOMINGO

S.

CEDO

Vice Mayor/Presiding Officer

(Sgd.) Hon. CLARITA SL. ALMAREZ


S.B. Member

(Sgd.)Hon. MATEO M. GONZALES, JR.


S.B. Member

(Sgd.)Hon. RAFAEL B. DELA ROCA


S.B. Member

(Sgd.)Hon. BENJAMIN P. RAMOS


S.B. Member

Cont. Ordinance No. 012, s. 2002

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(Sgd.)Hon. ARMANDO P. HERNANDEZ


S.B. Member

(Sgd.)Hon. EDUARDO G. GAZA


S.B. Member

(Sgd.)Hon. ESTRELLA O. ALCAIDE


S.B. Member

(Sgd.)Hon. ROMEO G. MAYOR


SB Member/ABC President

Approved:
(Sgd.)Hon. RENATO E. AQUINO, M.D.
Municipal Mayor

Date Approved: February 18, 2002