P35,000 financial aid for Cebu City Covid deaths’ families

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CEBU City residents who have family members who died due, or related, to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) may receive up to P35,000 financial assistance.

Mayor Edgardo Labella, before he took his leave, has signed an executive order granting financial assistance to Cebu City residents for the burial and cremation expenses of Covid-related deaths.

The EO was posted on the Cebu City Public Information Office Facebook page on September 3, 2021.

For burial assistance, a P16,000 cash assistance will be granted to qualified beneficiaries who are responsible for the post-death expenses of their relatives who died due, or were identified as suspect or probable case of Covid-19 by the attending physician.

For cremation assistance, the City will extend P35,000 to qualified beneficiaries.

To avail themselves of the financial assistance, the beneficiaries may file their claim at the Cebu City Burial Office.

The beneficiaries have to secure documents including:

* A duly notarized affidavit of undertaking from the funeral parlor;

* Death certificate indicating the residence of the deceased; that the deceased died due to probable, suspected, or confirmed case of Covid-19; and signature of the attending physician;

* Barangay certificate to ensure the deceased is a Cebu City resident;

* Funeral contract indicating the name of the deceased and if his/her remains will be cremated or directly buried;

* Official receipts for the burial or cremation expenses

Section 4 of the EO states that those who have availed themselves of this benefit may no longer be entitled to avail themselves of other benefits under any burial assistance program of the City.

The City has allocated P15 million under the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office for the financial assistance. (JJL)

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