Filipino couples in the UAE looking to tie the knot or resolve their marital problems have been invited to seek the Philippine embassy's marriage counseling services after it noticed an increase in Filipino couples seeking help in 2014.
Social Welfare Attache Isabel Sy Nillas told Gulf News that Filipino couples need counseling as a substitute to the family intervention they usually seek in marital conflicts.
“We have systems in place to intervene and help. For the marriage counselling, we strive to settle conflicts by speaking independently with the wife, then with the husband, and after that, we speak to both of them to resolve the issue,” Nillas said.
Most of the 38 couple-related cases the attache handled since assuming office in March last year were walk-ins and involved marital conflicts or family support.
Nillas said her office, a representation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), mediates "between the husband and the wife" and works out child custody and support if the couples are unable to resolve their issues.
Some of the 1,721 cases the embassy handled in 2014 involved OFW breadwinners providing insufficient support to their families in the Philippines, while 28 percent dealt with distressed Filipinos and 23 percent were sessions with maltreated Filipinos. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News