All cemeteries in Manila City ordered closed during 2020 'Undas' season | Inquirer News
Close  

All cemeteries in Manila City ordered closed during 2020 ‘Undas’ season

By: - Reporter / @ConsINQ
/ 04:58 PM September 08, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Public and private cemeteries in the city of Manila were ordered shut during this year’s “Undas” season to avoid the massive gathering of people, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Tuesday.

Moreno announced via Facebook live that he signed Executive Order No. 38, directing the closure of all cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaries in Manila City from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Akin pong isasara pansamantala ang mga sementeryo dahil sa alam naman po natin na ang isa sa biglang pagdami ng coronavirus ay sa ating pakikihalubilo, siksikan, sama-sama sa isang lugar. Para mabawasan na rin ang paglago ng coronavirus ay pansamantala ko itong isasara,” the city chief executive said.

(I will temporarily close cemeteries because as we all know, one of the causes of the surge in coronavirus transmission is mingling, crowding, gathering of people in one place. In order to arrest the increase of coronavirus spread, I will temporarily close cemeteries.)

FEATURED STORIES

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. (Photo from the Manila City Mayor’s Office)

Under Moreno’s Executive Order No. 38, only interment and cremation services for non-COVID-19 cases will be allowed during Undas season but strict health protocols must be observed.

However, Moreno said those who wish to honor their dead can go to cemeteries in Manila City from Sept. 8 until Oct. 30 to prevent mass gathering.

The Mayor noted that overcrowding is highly likely during the Undas season especially in the city’s largest burial grounds namely: Manila North Cemetery that has 105,837 graves, and Manila South Cemetery that has 39,228 graves.

According to city mayor, Manila North Cemetery can accommodate up to 1.5 million visitors while Manila South Cemetery, up to 800,000.

But Moreno said he may cancel his order once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available in Manila.

“Kung sakali na naman dumating ang vaccine para sa coronavirus, para hindi na tayo magkasakit at gumaling ang may sakit, by Oct. 30 akin po itong kakanselin,” he said.

(If the vaccine arrives by Oct.30, I will cancel this directive.)

Also, Moreno said he will cancel his executive order if the national government also revises its health protocols before the Undas season.

KGA

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: cemeteries, coronavirus Philippines, COVID-19, Health, Manila, Metro, NcoV, pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, Undas 2020, Virus
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.