MANILA City Mayor Isko Moreno announced that the free cremation services in the nation’s capital for Covid19 related deaths continues, with the daily load now reaching at least 22 to 26 cadavers.
The mayor stressed that while Manila North Cemetery (MNC) has been offering free cremation since the pandemic’s height last year, he himself is not fond of the service as hearing about deaths taking place in the city saddens him.
Through a memo issued last year, Manila Barangay Bureau chief Romy Bagay informed all barangays in the city that Moreno had ordered for the provision of free cremation services for those whose loved ones died of Covid19.
Bagay said that the service would be provided on a first come, first served basis.
According to Moreno, the free cremation comes at a time when rules state that the remains of confirmed and suspected Covid19 cases must be cremated or buried within 12 hours after death.
He, thus, noted that cremation usually costs anywhere between P18,000 and P40,000 and that the high prices only add to the burden of those who have already lost their loved ones.
Moreno directed the affected families to coordinate with the office of MNC Director Roselle ‘Yayay’ Castaneda for the schedule and completion of requirements.
It was learned from Castaneda that apart from the submission of necessary application, the MNC also requires the family member or relative to bring their own identification card and that of the deceased, along with an urn and the temporary death certificate duly signed by the doctor concerned.
Once these are met, the family member may get a schedule from the MNC.
Castaneda said that each cremation takes about two hours plus 30 minutes cooling time and that they start as early as 5AM and end as late as 1AM to accommodate as many requests as possible.
She also stressed that opening the cadaver bag at any point is prohibited and that once the body arrives, it will have to be cremated immediately.