RESIDENTS of Barangay Sapangdaku, Cebu City have agreed to the city government’s proposal to build a public cemetery in a two-hectare property situated in their village.
The 103 villagers who attended the public hearing on Friday, July 17, 2020, with officials of the Cebu City government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Central Visayas (DENR 7), expressed approval of the project, said Sapangdaku Barangay Captain Juvie Lagraso.
Lagraso said: “Majority of them agreed to the proposal. At first some of them questioned the need to put a cemetery in the barangay, but they were eventually convinced by the proponents.
All they asked from the City is to ensure the safety of the residents once they start constructing the cemetery.”
Lagraso added that though the majority of his constituents agreed to the project, some initially questioned how the City plans to properly transport those who have died from Covid-19 to the cemetery without compromising the health and safety of the residents.
But for Lagraso, he has no problem with the Cebu City Botanical Memorial Garden to be constructed in his village as Sapangdaku and other mountain villages would benefit from it since there are no nearby public cemeteries in the city’s hinterlands.
He added that there are no residents living within Sitio Baksan and Patayng Yuta, where the proposed cemetery will be constructed.
Separately, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella welcomed the clamor of Brgy. Sapangdaku’s residents, whose approval allowed the City to swiftly push through with the construction of the new cemetery.
Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, who was tasked by Labella to oversee the construction of the new cemetery, assured the residents of the host barangay that their health and safety will be prioritized should the cemetery’s construction push through.(PAC / JKV)