Paranaque LGU issues guidelines on cemetery visits

Published September 26, 2020, 4:26 PM

by Jean Fernando

The Paranaque City government has issued guidelines on the controlled visits to cemeteries and memorial parks in the city on All Saint’s and All Soul’ Day.  

In an order issued Saturday (Sept 26), Mayor Edwin Olivarez said cemetery visits shall be allowed any day from Oct 1 to Oct 28 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Only two persons shall be allowed to visit departed loved ones buried in garden or lawn lots while mausoleum visits shall be limited to five persons only.

Entry passes shall be given per visitor who will be allowed to stay inside the burial ground   

for 30 minutes.

A maximum of 1,000 passes shall be issued daily.

Olivarez also ordered the strict observance of health protocols: wearing of face masks, face shield, social distancing of 1 to 15 meters, alcohol sanitizer if there is no hand washing area inside the cemetery and memorial park.

From Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, all cemetery staff and funeral service providers shall be on skeletal force for burial and cremation services.

The mayor ordered the deployment of policemen for security and crowd control, Task Force City Hall to enforce the strict implementation of health protocols, and the City Health Office (CHO) personnel to respond to emergency health.

Olivarez also tasked three barangay captains — Paulo Marquez, Paul Casale and Pablo Olivarez -to distribute entry passes to Himlayang Palanyag, Manila Memorial Park and the Loyola Memorial Park and install markers to ensure physical distancing.

The village chiefs were directed to deploy watchmen to manage traffic and control ambulant vendors.