Davao City – Social media has sustained the number of Filipinas marrying foreigners through the mail-order bride route, an official of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said Monday.
Marriage sponsors under such scheme are making as much as P500,000 to P1 million for each wedding arranged.
In the Davao Region, the cases of marriage migration have reached 9,990 with the province of Davao del Sur, which includes Davao City, registering the highest with 7,490, according to a data collected from 2005 to present.
Emigrant Services Officer Ma. Camille Lacaba of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) said 25 percent of Davao Region’s marriage migrants were made possible by online sites like Facebook, chats, and dating websites.
While there is nothing wrong in connecting with other people, Lacaba said Filipinos must ensure they linked with somebody who has a verified identity and through safe and legal websites.
“Most of the time, foreigners (dating online) have fraudulent identities,” she said in an interview Monday on the sidelines of the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Annex here.
Lacaba said marriage migrants are highest in the United States, Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Canada. She pointed to South Korea as having the most mail-order bride schemes.
But she said CFO is able to conduct workshops with South Korea-bound Filipinos especially on family culture.
Lacaba said Filipinos must know the family dynamics of the Koreans.