City sees need to rehab cemeteries

Subscribe Now February 23, 2012 at 09:20am

The city government here is eyeing to rehabilitate nine more public cemeteries following the completion of the first phase in the rehabilitation of the Wireless Public Cemetery. Davao City has ten public cemeteries located in Ma-a, Panacan, Tibungco, Bunawan, Toril, Mintal, Calinan, Tugbok, and Paquibato. Jose Elmaro P. Guintadcan, chief of the City Economic Enterprise and Economic Planning Services (CEEEPS), explained on Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw that all the ten public cemeteries in the city need rehabilitation similar to what the city government has done for the Wireless Cemetery. "However, we are doing this one cemetery at a time because this needs sufficient budget," Guintadcan said. The Wireless Cemetery rehabilitation project has completed the first phase which included the exhumation and the construction of the ossuaries.

By March, the office targets to invite the families and relatives of those buried in the Wireless Cemetery to visit the office and apply for the annual rental of ossuaries. "We have informed their relatives who were present during the exhumation that we would be offering them, for annual rental of the ossuary at P250 per annum. This is the proposed rate to be deliberated in the Sangguniang Panlungsod," he added. The city government closed the cemetery in April of 2010 to pave the way from the massive exhumation, rehabilitation, and repairs.

In the exhumation process, the remains were stored in black plastic bags, sealed, labeled and deposited in identified mausoleum as temporary depository or holding area. The city government allots P5.9 million for the first phase of the Wireless Cemetery. The official expects an increase of 5 percent in its revenues from the rental fee of the ossuary. Aside from the rehabilitation of public cemeteries, the enterprise office is also looking at ensuring the strict monitoring of public terminals, the Sta. Ana Wharf, the Magsaysay Park, and slaughter houses as additional sources of revenue.


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