MMDA: Metro cemeteries compliant with health protocols

Published October 26, 2021, 3:38 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Cemeteries, columbaria and memorial parks in Metro Manila are compliant with health protocols set by the national government as the observance of the All Souls’ Day nears, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) observed Tuesday, Oct. 26.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said all cemeteries in the National Capital Region “are well-prepared” in terms of accommodating visitors, while “the influx of people has spread out as they visit their departed loved ones this early.”

Police assistance desks have also been installed in the cemeteries to ensure that only 30 percent of cemeteries’ capacity are occupied.


Abalos made the observation as he visited the Manila North Cemetery in Manila and Garden of Life Park in Mandaluyong, two days before the five-day closure of cemeteries and other memorial parks in Metro Manila as prevention against spread of COVID-19.

“We encourage the public to schedule their visits to their departed loved ones before the closure to avoid crowding and ensure the health and safety of everyone,” Abalos said.

“While it is important to abide by the guidelines set by the IATF and to observe minimum health protocols, it is likewise significant to practice self-discipline to ensure that we will have an Undas that is safe from the COVID-19 virus,” he added.