13 Oct Senate Approves Bill Prohibiting “Child Marriage” In PH On 2nd Reading
Mga higala! The Senate has approved on 2nd reading Senate Bill No. 1373, a bill prohibiting child marriage and making it illegal in the Philippines!
Under this bill, a person can be imprisoned and fined for facilitating a child marriage and/or for forcing a minor to get married.
Moreover, parents or relatives who allow their kin aged 17 and below to get married may be imprisoned and fined at least P50,000. Non-relatives and the officiator of the illegal marriage will also face possible incarceration and a fine not less than P40,000.
This bill aims to support the right of children and youth to a safe and nurturing childhood.
“The legislative victory coincides with the International Day of the Girl Child – a step forward to ensuring that girls are able to realize their rights and have opportunities to pursue the futures they choose. This bill protects Filipino girls from the harmful impacts that arise from child marriage and the resulting early pregnancy which puts the young mother at risk ” said Atty. Alberto Muyot, CEO of Save the Children Philippines.
For more details: