WITH the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid19) pandemic still prevalent, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued a stern warning that holding wakes or “burol” at home are still prohibited and must only be held in funeral parlors.
She cautioned barangay officials and funeral homes personnel who allow wakes at home that they could be penalized with fines or imprisonment for violating the Ordinance.
She said any city-based funeral parlor that violates the ordinance would be fined P5,000 per violation and penalized with subsequent revocation of their business permit.
She said the measure penalizes a violator with a fine of P5,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than six months at the discretion of the court.
A violator could face other charges under Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
“What we are trying to avoid is crowded wakes where a potential surge can occur. While we understand that we should accord grieving families the right to pay their last respects, the virus is still there to wreak havoc and could ruin even our Christmas celebration. So, if we can limit the wake to the immediate family and in a controlled environment, then we can avert the spread of the virus,” Belmonte said. DALISAY NOLASCO