USec. Templa delivers her inspirational message (left) to all the Luzon Cluster PMCs (right).

“Pag-aralan natin ang nilalaman ng ating puso na siyang magiging batayan sa ating pag-accredit. Iisa dapat ang ating kaisipan para tayo ay magkakasundo para sa maayos na accreditation. Naniniwala akong mas nagiging matibay pa ang bawat Pamilyang Pilipino sa likod ng mga kaguluhan sa paligid. Ang matibay na pundasyon ng isang pamilya ay nakasalalay sa pagsasamahan ng mag-asawa (Let us study what our heart is saying that will serve as basis for our conduct of accreditation. Our minds should be unified and meet at one point for a systematic accreditation. I believe that every Filipino family is getting stronger despite of conflicts around us. The strong foundation of a family depends on the relationship of the husband and wife,” said Undersecretary Mae Fe Templa to inspire all the Pre-Marriage Counsellors (PMCs) Accreditors from the Luzon Cluster of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

All the Luzon Cluster PMCs were oriented with the PMC Manual, Laws, Policies and Guidelines on Pre-Marriage and Accreditation Process for them to be properly guided in efficiently and effectively accrediting the PMCs in their respective regions or local level. The PMC Manual contains updated information about social and legal changes related to the institution of marriage and the family in Philippine society.

The PMC Manual shall be revised and developed as a vital tool in disseminating accurate and important information about marriage and relationships, human sexuality, maternal, child, and neonatal health, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, responsible parenthood and home management to engaged couples.

PMCs discuss married couples’ rights and obligations, and how to nurture the union and the family that they will build.

DSWD implements Executive Order No. 209 otherwise known as the Family Code of the Philippines and Administrative Order No. 14 series of 2009 that mandates the Accreditation of Marriage Counselors and requires marriage counselling prior to the issuance of marriage license and to promote the professional practice of marriage counsellors. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)