DAVAO CITY – The Davao City Anti-Scam Unit warned residents on Friday against bogus wedding organizers as well as marriage packages being offered online.

In a statement, Simplicio Sagarino, head of the city's anti-scam unit, urged the public to always check the business permits of the organizers from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the city’s Business Bureau.

Sagarino issued the warning after receiving reports that 30 couples were allegedly scammed by a Davao-based wedding organizer, who offered a package worth PHP65,000 that includes the venue, food, and the bride’s gown.

“These couples have paid almost full and more than 50 percent but no wedding took place. They should always check if they have permits from the BIR and Business Bureau because it is required to organize events,” Sagarino said.

He said an invitation letter has been sent to the organizer and a dialogue between the parties is set for July 6 to discuss the issue.

Aside from filing complaints, the public can also go to their office to check whether a particular wedding organizer has a derogatory record.

“It would also help the couple to personally meet their wedding organizer and not only to discuss the event online,” Sagarino said.

Meanwhile, a “Kasalan at Kotilyon 2022 in Davao Wedding & Debut Expo” is set to be held on July 30-31 at Ayala Malls Abreeza here.

Organized by various wedding organizers and suppliers, the two-day activity offers the biggest gathering of Davao wedding & event suppliers and promises to offer the most special discounts and amazing raffle prizes to couples, debutants, and families who will visit.

Preceding the expo is an event styling masterclass by Manila's Style Master Henry Pascual on July 29 at Apo View Hotel. (PNA)