Umano’y mga Overpriced na Funeral Services sa Bansa, Paiimbestigahan sa Kamara

admin   •   July 30, 2012   •   4255

FILE PHOTO: Isang bangkay na nakalagay sa kabaong (coffin) ang inililipat mula sa mass burial site ng mga namatay dahil sa pananalasa ng Bagyong Sendong sa Cagayan De Oro City. (PHOTOVILLE International)

MANILA, Philippines – Naaalarma ngayon ang isang kongresista sa tumataas na presyo ng mga funeral service sa bansa.

Sa House Resolution No. 2521 na inihain ni Lanao Del Sur Representative Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman, nais nitong agarang magsagawa ng imbestigasyon ang Kamara patungkol sa mga overpriced na kabaong at funeral services.

Base sa ipinakitang datos ng kongresista, lumalabas na ang pinakamurang kabaong sa mga kilalang memorial park ay nagkakahalaga na ng P50,000.

P1.5 Million naman ang gagastusin kung kasama na ang  pagi-embalsamo, limang araw na burol at pagpapalibing.

Para naman sa mga regular na funeral homes, kailangang gumastos ng P20,000 hanggang P1 milyon depende sa mga package ng bawat funeral service.

Ang ilan naman na hirap ang buhay ay mas pinili na lamang ang mga tinatawag na “Pangmasang Libing” o ang mumurahing funeral parlor kung saan nasa P5,000 hanggang P20,000 lamang ang kanilang gagastusin sa kabaong, pagpapa-embalsamo at pagpapalibing.

Isa na rin sa mga nagiging opsyon ng ilan ay ang cremation upang makamura ng kaunti sa halagang P20,000 hanggang P150,000.

Ayon sa kongresista, gustuhin man ng karamihan sa ating mga kababayang mahihirap na mabigyan ng maayos na burol at libing ang  yumao nilang mga mahal sa buhay ay hindi na nila ito magawa dahil sa mataas na singil ng mga funeral parlor. (Ito ang Balita ni Grace Casin/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

MECQ in Lanao del Sur, GCQ in Metro Manila, five other areas starting October 1

Marje Pelayo   •   September 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Starting Thursday (October 1), new quarantine classifications will take effect across the country and will remain for a duration of one month, as announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in his late night public address Monday (September 28).

The President approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force to place under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) areas in the province of Lanao del Sur including Marawi City from October 1 to 31. 

Meanwhile, six areas in the country will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) after the end of September.

These include Metro Manila, Batangas, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City and Iloilo City.

The rest of the country will be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The President said he is pleased with how the local governments are responding to the crisis brought about by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He reiterated the national government’s readiness to respond and continue its services especially in the face of a pandemic despite the criticisms.

Mga kababayan ko, wag kayong masyadong maniwala diyan sa mga atake-atake (My countrymen, don’t listen to the attacks too much). It would just muddle up your mind,” he said.

Nandito kami (We are here). Our purpose is to serve and to work, if we cannot serve, and if we cannot work, then we might as well get out of the government as ask somebody else to take over,” the president concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

PH gov’t to meet with funeral, crematory services to discuss handling of COVID-19 deceased

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Officials from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are set to meet with local government units, and funeral and crematory services in Metro Manila on Thursday.

MMDA spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said the meeting will discuss logistical problems and other concerns in handling the remains of patients who died from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Pialago said they will also tackle the crafting of guidelines for collecting, transporting, and proper disposition of COVID-19 fatalities from hospitals.

Recommendations, suggestions, and identified limitations in managing COVID-19 dead bodies will also be discussed in the meeting, she added.

She, however, clarified that the MMDA will only act as a coordinating agency among local government units, hospitals, and crematory services to address problems, including protocols in handling patients who died in their residence, and delays in the release of death certificates.

“We will try to bridge the gap with LGUs, hospitals and crematory services, tayo ay magsisilbing coordinating agency dahil nakaka-encounter po ng iba’t-ibang problema ang mga local government at mga hospital kagaya po ng delayed release ng death certificate,” Pialago said during a press briefing.

The DILG earlier directed LGUs to ensure that the remains of deceased COVID-19 patients are buried or cremated within 12 hours after their death.

The department emphasized that the remains of persons who died of communicable diseases such as COVID-19 are highly infectious and standard precautions should be implemented in every case.

“Kaya dapat siguruhin ng mga local governments na may nakatalagang funeral parlor at crematorium sa kanilang lugar na mamamahala sa mga labi ng namatay sa Covid-19,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.

The DILG issued the reminder following reports that some local government units are refusing entry in their localities to cadavers of COVID-19 cases for burial and cremation purposes.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) also expressed worry over reports that some funeral services are failing to retrieve the cadavers of COVID-19 patients, which results in the pile up of dead bodies in hospital morgues in Metro Manila.

“We have to honor yung 12-hour rule for cremation, wag na nating isipin lahat ng papeles kung anu-ano pa,” IATF spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a press briefing Wednesday.

He encouraged LGUs to report to the DILG the funeral and crematory services that are not cooperating with authorities amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“Sumbong agad kayong LGU sa DILG dahil may mga utos na po si Pangulo sa DILG, at para sa mga nasa negosyong ito na funeral, sundin na lang ninyo ang sinasabi ng DILG at LGU,” Nograles said.

The DILG and the MMDA target to release on Friday, April 17 the final guidelines on the disposition of COVID-19 dead bodies. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Belmonte warns QC funeral homes, crematoriums refusing COVID-19 patients

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Funeral homes and crematoriums based in Quezon City that reject cadavers of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims will be punished, Mayor Joy Belmonte warned.

Belmonte issued the warning following the passage of a city ordinance which establishes protocols for the management of the remains of those who died from COVID-19.

“Under this ordinance, funeral homes and crematoriums cannot reject remains of deceased COVID-19 patients due to fear of infection or other unjustifiable reasons,” Belmonte said in a statement.

The mayor said the ordinance also prohibits funeral homes and crematoriums from charging higher service fees compared to their prices prior to the declaration of the community quarantine on March 12, 2020.

“This is to protect grieving families of deceased COVID-19 victims from unscrupulous funeral parlors or crematoriums that may take advantage of the situation,” Belmonte said.

Funeral parlors and crematoriums that violate the Ordinance face a maximum fine of P5,000 per violation and subsequent revocation of their business permit, she added.

The ordinance also mandates local hospitals and health care facilities within Quezon City to observe the mandatory cremation of COVID-19 patients within 12 hours from the time of death so as to avoid the spread of the virus, among others.

The local government said it will shoulder the costs of the cremation if the deceased is an indigent resident of the city.

If the family abandons the cadaver of the deceased or failed to arrange for the cremation within 12 hours, the local government may take custody of the remains and have it cremated.

Anyone who violates the Ordinance will be meted out with P5,000 fine and imprisonment of not more than 6 months, depending on the Court’s discretion.

The approval of the ordinance follows the directive of the Department of Health for Quezon City government to manage the unclaimed bodies of COVID-19 patients at the East Avenue Medical Center.

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