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Philippine Embassy announces guidelines for marriage
January 6, 2018, 4:20 pm

The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait announced guidelines and requirements for Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait, who may wish to get married in the embassy. Philippines Vice Consul Charleson Hermosura said in an interview that procedures for processing the documents are simple and quick as long as the requirements presented are complete.

Hermosura said that requirements include birth certificates issued by National Statistics Office (NSO) and authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), copies of passports and civil IDs, recent photos, Certificate of no record of marriage or singleness issued by NSO, authenticated by F DFA and with validity of five to six months upon issue. Two witnesses are required during the ceremony and marriages are officiated every Wednesday. Hermosura also added that most common impediments to a quick marriage are due to personal issues by either of the applicants. “We encourage OFWs who plan to engage in marriage to complete the requirements and we will make the process as quick as possible,” stated Hermosura.

In an interview with a Filipino couple, who were recently married, Gaynet Orola and Jayson Jordan, stated that processing the documents is not that difficult as long as families back home provide assistance in processing the documents without OFWs required to return home. “We relied on our families to help process the papers and other requirements and parcel services sending them here made the whole thing easy,” stated Jordan. Orola also lauded the Philippine Embassy for the speedy processing of the documents. “The officials at the embassy were very accommodating and helped us through the procedures,” commented Orola.

The couple advised OFWs not to jeopardize their jobs, work status in Kuwait and security by not engaging in official and legal marriage prior to living together since the law must be adhered at all times and violating it can only cause grievous consequences.

Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

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