Lobregat unveils city’s P23.8M public cemetery in Mampang PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:05

The city government’s interfaith or ecumenical public cemetery in Barangay Mampang is now open for burial after its inauguration and blessing rites headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat together with other city officials yesterday morning.

Unveiled was Phase 1 of the public cemetery amounting to P23,813,796.18. It sits on a seven-hectare lot which was acquired during the incumbency of the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat and pursued as one of his priority projects by Mayor and Congressman-elect Lobregat.

The cemetery is open to all faiths, thus it bears no religious signage, especially the cross that is common among Catholic-run cemeteries.

Lobregat emphasized that the cemetery does not offer funeral services like those in offered by private memorial gardens.

“This is purely a burial ground on a first-come first-serve basis. There is no pre-selling of lots like in private cemeteries. Meaning, you have to die first before you can avail of the burial lots. The indigents will have 50% discount,” the mayor explained.

The public cemetery in Mampang is under the administrative control and operation of the City Administrator’s Office, thus all transactions pertaining to burial shall be coursed through the said office either in City Hall or to its administrative officer assigned at the cemetery.

Under Ordinance No. 394 dated September 19, 2012, the public cemetery offers lawn lots for below-ground interment or tomb lots for above-ground interment. It also has condominium or multi-layered tombs or niches and the ossuary.

The condo type niches for adults under seven-year lease contract are priced at P10,000 (ground level), P9,000 (second level), P8,000 9third level) and P7,000 for the fourth level.

Prices for condo niches for infants under seven-year lease contract are pegged at P5,500 (ground level), P5,000 (second level), P4,500 (third level) and P4,000 (fourth level).

The ordinance also provides that lawn and tomb lots shall be leased for a period of 14 years, renewable for another 14 years and so on. As much as practicable, said lots shall be disposed in an alternate manner following the sequential serial number which identifies each lot.

The condo-type niches shall be leased for seven years, renewable for another seven years at the expense of the family.

At the end of the lease period and no lease extension is sought by the family, the remains of those interred shall be exhumed and transferred to the public ossuary after a grace period of six months from the expiration of the lease.

Present during the inauguration and blessing rites were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Nonong Guingona and, Rudy Lim and Percival Ramos, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, the city department heads, Mampang Barangay Chairman Pedro Estrada and his kagawad, officials from the neighbouring barangays, Red Cross Administrator Victor Liozo, representatives from Forest Lake Memorial Gardens, DENR and DOH, and Rev. Fr. Rene Tubio, who officiated the blessing. — Vic Larato