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Solon requests a national discussion on the subject of divorce

Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, a representative representing Davao del Norte’s first district, called for a national discussion on divorce in the Philippines on Tuesday.

Alvarez emphasized the significance of divorce for the welfare of many Filipino families, especially working families.

He underlined the necessity of recognizing the rights of Filipino workers, especially their right to end unsatisfactory, abusive, and unhealthy relationships.

“Divorce is a reality for many Filipino families, and it is time for us to acknowledge that reality and create a legal framework that reflects it,” he stated in a statement. “We must keep in mind that Filipino workers’ welfare goes beyond the workplace. We must make sure that all aspects of their lives, including their intimate connections, are protected by our laws.

House Bill 4998, also known as the “Absolute Divorce Act of 2022,” which was already in principle adopted on February 23, 2023, is something that Alvarez has long pushed for.

Apart from the Vatican, he claimed that the Philippines is the only nation in the world where divorce is not common.

The seasoned congressman claimed that permitting divorce in the nation will have a substantial negative influence on the productivity and general well-being of Filipino employees.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reports that married people made up nearly half of the labor force in the nation.

A recent PSA study discovered that the stress and emotional upheaval of those who are stuck in unpleasant, abusive, and toxic relationships can have a significant influence on their capacity to function at work.

It added that research has shown that people in unhappy relationships are more likely to suffer from health issues including depression and anxiety, which can lead to higher absenteeism and lower productivity.

In addition, those who are in violent relationships may find it difficult to have a consistent work schedule because of physical or emotional trauma, it continued.

Alvarez asserted that in order to lessen the emotional and psychological costs associated with being ensnared in an unsatisfactory or violent relationship, Filipino workers should be permitted to dissolve their marriages in a safe and legal manner.

He claimed that as a result, they would be able to concentrate on their vocations and perform to the best of their abilities at work.

We cannot keep denying our fellow Filipinos the right to a second opportunity at joy, purpose, and satisfaction. Let us make a commitment to fostering a more just and compassionate society that cherishes the well-being of all of our people as we commemorate Labor Day (on May 1) and recognize the efforts of our industrious citizens,” he said.

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