Business permit cancellation awaits funeral homes turning away COVID-19 deaths – Mayor Isko

Published March 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned that he will cancel the business permits of funeral homes who refuse to provide services to families of those who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso (MANILA PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

In his city address, Domagoso said there are protocols in place in handling persons who died of COVID-19, and even persons under investigation (PUIs), so this should not be a reason for funeral parlors to turn families away.

“Sa lahat ng punerarya, ayokong may mauulit na insidente na may isang patay, habang nagdadalamhati ang pamilya nila dala ay siya n’yong aabusuhin ang kanilang kalugmukan. Huwag na huwag n’yong gagawin ‘yan sa panahong ito (To all funeral homes, I do not want another incident where a grieving family is abused. Do not do that during these times),” he said Monday evening.

“Kung kayo ay may pangamba na baka namatay sa COVID-19, baka sila ay PUI at namatay na hindi nakikita ang resulta, alam niyo din na may mga protocol na dapat sundin (If you have fears that you are being asked to handle persons who died due to COVID-19 or PUIs whose results have yet to be released, you should also know that there are protocols that you have to follow),” he added.

There are two reported COVID-19-related deaths in the Philippine capital.

In February, the cremation of a Chinese man who died due to the disease — the first COVID-19 mortality in the country — was delayed after a funeral home backed out, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

The city mayor also issued a stern warning against “abusive” businessmen amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“Hindi ko bibigyan ng puwang ang mga umaabuso at mapagsamantalang kumpanya sa panahon ngayon (I will not tolerate abusive and opportunistic companies in these times). You will regret this. As long as I am the mayor of the City of Manila, you will never be allowed to do business again),” he asserted.

Per the Department of Health’s latest data, there are now 552 COVID-19 cases in the country, with 35 deaths and 20 recovered patients.