By Jean Fernando
Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez came out with an executive order imposing a price cap or price freeze on funeral services and other covered establishments during the COVID19 pandemic.
Olivarez said that the establishments covered of the executive order were the funeral parlors, crematorium centers, and other establishments which are in the business of handling, embalming, preparing, disinfecting, cremating, and other disposition of human remains.
He said that the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) under Atty. Lanie Malaya in coordination with the Management of the Dead and Missing cluster were tasked to ensure that all covered establishments are compliant with the order.
The mayor said that all covered establishments shall not decline or unjustly refuse to render services for the remains of deceased persons for the reason of unfounded fears of possible transmission of communicable disease.
Olivarez reiterates that covered establishments who unjustly refuse with the directive shall be considered as violating the regulations of the city government and shall, after due notice, be subjected to administrative sanctions and or revocation of the business permit and possible closure of the establishment and filing of criminal and civil case under existing law.
He also authorized Malaya to institute the proper administrative sanctions to those who found violating the order.