Marriage in the Philippines is on a 'continuous decline', according to statistics
You'd be surprised to know that the number of couples who get married each day are in steady decline. Read more to find out why!
In a recently released report done by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the number of reported marriages in the Philippines has decreased by 20.1% from 2005-2015.
They add that there has been a "continuous decline" in the number of marriages throughout the years, however they haven't cited any specific reasons why.
The PSA added, "It is interesting to note that from that year up to 2015, the number of marriages declined continuously. Registered marriages declined by 2.9 percent in 2014 and 3.6 percent in 2015."
What could be the reasons for the decline?
According to Atty. Danny Concepcion of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, it could possibly be linked to the fact that annulment in the Philippines is an expensive process.
He shares, "Natatakot sila na baka sila naman ay hindi magkasundo, eh napakamahal ng annulment."
He adds that more and more couples, especially those who are from poor provinces, try to be more practical and are avoiding the expenses that are usually linked to weddings.
Should you or should you not get married?
These days, society is becoming more and more liberal, and more couples are opting to just live together instead of getting married.
More and more people also feel that marriage isn't quite the 'right' thing for them, as they feel the need to be themselves, and for them, getting married means that they lose some of that individuality.
However, that doesn't necessarily mean that marriage is a bad thing. A lot of couples still do get married, and want to have a family. Being married means that you and your spouse can receive benefits such as social security, medicare, and disability benefits.
Getting married also strengthens the bond between your partner, and should you have a family in the future, marriage can keep your family stable.
So, do you think you're ready to get married?
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