THE Mandaue City Council supported three resolutions by Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz regarding providing a proper burial for Mandauehanons amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Ruiz proposed before the city council her three resolutions requesting the establishment of a new public cemetery and the acquisition of a crematory van and a mortuary freezer in the city.
The council approved the resolutions during its 49th regular session on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
Through one of her resolutions, Ruiz requested Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes to provide space for a new public cemetery.
As the existing Mandaue City Public Cemetery is about to be filled considering that it will accept not only the burial of the residents of Mandaue but also those from nearby cities such as Talamban, Consolacion and Lapu-Lapu.
All councilors supported the resolution, and Ruiz said she looks forward to Cortes’ support.
In Ruiz’s two separate resolutions, she also requested the city to provide a crematory van and mortuary freezer, either mobile or stationed, for the deceased Covid-19 patients.
As funeral guidelines for the deceased Covid-19 patients, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said the remains should be cremated within 12 hours.
If the deceased is a Muslim, the body must be placed in an airtight sealed bag and the burial rite must be performed within 12 hours.
However, this is not the case in Mandaue City as it takes some two to three days before the body will be scheduled for cremation due to the “first come, first served” policy.
Ruiz realized that due to the pandemic, it is time for the city to offer crematory services as it is considered a highly urbanized city.
In the third resolution, Ruiz also requested the city to set up a mortuary freezer so that in the event of a delayed cremation or autopsy, the body could be preserved through it.
Ruiz suggested that the two facilities can be placed beside each other.
“We see the need already. We see the problem so it’s not the problem of the few but it is a problem of many,” Ruiz said.
She added that the facilities are not that expensive for the city. (KFD)