PSA data shows fewer Filipinos got married in 2019

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  • The number of registered marriages for 2019 declined compared to the figures in 2018
  • PSA registered 431,972 marriages in 2019 while in 2018, there were 449,169 marriages
  • The median age of marriage for women was 27 years old while for men it was 29 years old

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) noted a decline in the number of Filipinos who got married in 2019.

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In a report released early this week, PSA said it registered 431,972 marriages, lower than the 449,169 marriages in 2018.

Of the 1,183 marriages solemnized in 2019, 38.6 percent were civil ceremonies. It was followed by Catholic rites at 36.2 percent, other religious rites accounted for 22.9 percent, Muslim tradition at 1.4 percent, and tribal ceremony at 0.9 percent.

The median age of marriage for women was 27 years old while for men it was 29 years old. “In 2019, about one in every three married between ages 25 and 29, in which men and women comprise 36.5 percent and 36.2 percent, respectively, of the total number of recorded marriages.

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CALABARZON accounted for the highest number of registered marriages in 2019 with 13.9 percent, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 12.4 percent, and Central Luzon with 11.8 percent. “These regions consistently held the same positions since 2016,” PSA said.

Meanwhile, only two regions — Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region — noted an increase in registered marriages.

Fifteen regions saw a decline in registered marriages. Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao had the highest decrease at -17.0 percent, followed by SOCCSKSARGEN (-13.7 percent), and NCR (-7.6 percent).

“Almost half of 44.9 percent of the total number of marriages in 2019 occurred in December (12.0 percent), February (11.5 percent), May (11.1 percent), and April (10.3 percent),” PSA added.

November had the least contribution with only five percent of the total.

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