LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard Chan has ordered an investigation on the alleged overcharging being done by some grave attendants to families of deceased persons, whether they died from Covid-19 or not, who were buried in substandard tombs at the municipal cemetery in Brgy. Gun-ob.
Chan made a surprise visit at the Lapu-Lapu City Municipal Cemetery in Gun-ob on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, after receiving reports that three men were asking people to pay them around P12,000 just to have their dead loved ones buried at the cemetery.
The regular price to be buried at the cemetery is only P3,000 and P5,000 if they want a gravestone included.
Chan believes that those responsible are unscrupulous individuals using the Covid-19 pandemic to make money.
With the public cemetery situated on Humay-Humay Road already at full capacity, some residents opt to avail of burial plots at the municipal cemetery due to the Department of Health’s order to immediately bury those who have died, whether from Covid-19 or not.
When he inspected the burial niches at the cemetery, Chan noticed that some of them were made using substandard materials.
Some of the niches were also found unsealed, with an undisclosed type of liquid leaking out from it.
Chan said those responsible have no authority as the municipal cemetery is under the management of the city government.
Chan also denied that he had appointed someone to make transactions at the municipal cemetery.
Due to this, Chan has ordered the City Legal Office to summon the three persons whom he had caught preparing a burial niche at the cemetery on July 22.
SunStar Cebu will not disclose the names of the three persons until a formal complaint is lodged against them.
“My administration does not tolerate those who abuse others, especially the poor,” Chan said.
Chan also plans to summon officials of Brgy. Gun-ob for clarification on the matter. (GCM, JKV)