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Put up of crematorium in city proposed

BAGUIO CITY August 08 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance establishing a local government-owned crematorium facility in the city and appropriating the needed funds for the purpose.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated the amount of P5 million will be appropriated from the general fund of the local government or from any available source for the successful implementation of the ordinance.

The ordinance added the City Mayor shall, within 30 days from the approval of the measure, establish an appropriate site for the establishment of a city-owned crematorium which will be under the jurisdiction of the City Health Office.

The ordinance added the City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) will be tasked to prepare the program of work, design and cost estimate for the crematorium and shall submit the same to the local legislative body for appropriate action within 3o days from the approval of the measure.

With the limited burial grounds in the city as a result of congestion in the city public cemetery as well as other public cemeteries located in the different parts of the city, Yangot admitted burying departed loved ones may no longer be that easy.

Knowing the present situation in the city's various private and public cemeteries, he pointed out the same can no longer conveniently accommodate additional entombment, thus, forcing bereaved families to engage the service of expensive private cemeteries which are also now becoming overcrowded.

Yangot explained to date, cremation is widely accepted and is considered as one of the most convenient, cost-efficient and practical way of commemorating the departed loved ones of residents.

Section 16 of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines provides that every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessary implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.

Pursuant to the said mandate, within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units are duty-bound to enact local ordinances, approve resolutions, and appropriate funds for the general welfare of the locality and its inhabitants.

Yangot claimed there are several private crematoriums that were established in areas that are near the metes and bounds of the city, thus, the need for the local government to have its own crematorium to afford the residents affordable services so that families who accept cremation as one of the means of commemorating their departed loved ones, they will embrace the same once provided with affordable options.

If private companies were able to comply with the stringent requirements of putting up a crematorium, he said much more than the local government can be able to adhere to the stringent rules of putting up a government-owned facility.

By Dexter A. See

 
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