Iloilo City Mayor to Pursue Crematorium, Columbarium in 2013
THE Iloilo City Government will pursue the proposed columbarium and crematorium projects in 2013 as two city cemeteries are not capable anymore of accommodating thousands of buried dead. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the projects raised last year will be included in the 2013 annual city budget. The columbarium project of collecting bones and placing them into a specific place will be done at the La Paz cemetery.
On the other hand, the crematorium project will be put up by the private sector inside the city cemetery at Tanza Street. Gegato Abecia Funeral Homes, bid winner of the city’s project of free coffin, embalming and funeral services to the city indigents, had expressed interest of putting up a crematorium at the Tanza cemetery at a minimal fee.
The City Government is maintaining two city cemeteries, and other cemeteries in the districts are are maintained by the Catholic Church. These are the catholic cemetery also in Tanza beside the city cemetery, and in the districts of Jaro, Mandurriao, Arevalo and Molo. Other private cemeteries are the American cemetery and Veterans cemetery in Jaro district and several private memorial parks. – (source: SunStar Iloilo)
52 indigents benefit from city’s free funeral services
A TOTAL of 52 “poorest of the poor” have availed of free funeral services from the Iloilo City government since June. If before, dead family members only receive a free coffin, now they can also avail other burial services through a P5,000-worth of funeral package.
Barangay City Secretariat officer-in-charge Catalina Sanico said the funeral package includes free coffin, embalming, funeral car and lights. Beneficiary families have expressed happiness that the city has a project that indigents can avail of, she added.
The burial services are sponsored by Gegato-Abecia Funeral Homes that won the bidding for the P500,000 project. Sanico said those who want to avail of the free funeral package need only to present death certificate, and certifications from the village chief and the City Social Welfare and Development Office that the family is indeed indigent. (source: Lucy Montealto-Sinay - The Daily Guardian)