THE union of lovers is sought to be celebrated come February.

A week for love is sought to be celebrated from February 7 to 14 annually highlighting marriage and its importance.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, council’s committee chair for tourism proposed the new law and passed its first reading during Monday’s regular session, dubbed as “Marriage Week.”

Datuin said the celebration of matrimony is eyed to provide programs that will benefit the general public having in mind that a thriving marriage can lead to a productive family, hence a transformed society.

Activities planned for the weeklong celebration include mass weddings, marriage seminars and workshops, counselling, re-affirmnet of vows, recognition and awarding of the longest married couple, a romantic couples date, film showing, marriage seminars and workshops, couples parade, concerts and other activities which promote the significance of marriage.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office will be tasked to take the lead in the activities with the cooperation of all 128 villages in the city tasked to nominate couples among their constituents for the longest marriage.

Datuin said statistics show a decline in registered marriages annually and an increase in annulment cases pushing him to author the ordinance.

“There is need to uphold the strengthening of the Filipino family by promoting and strengthening the value of the marriage bond,” added Datuin.

“Nowadays many couples tend to forget each other along the way because they get caught up with career, children and other commitments,” added Datuin.