City’s burial assistance to indigents increased to P6K PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 June 2013 11:23

The City Council has approved an ordinance amending an old ordinance granting burial assistance by the city government to indigent families.

After the ordinance was approved in the Council’s session last week, Councilor Mel Sadain expressed gladness that finally the Council realized the need to amend and increase the amount provided for in the 1989 burial assistance ordinance.

“Under the old law the city government is mandated to give P3,800 burial assistance to an indigent family whose family member passed away. Now the new law mandates the city government to provide through the City Social Welfare Development Office P6,000 burial assistance to any indigent family whose member died,”  Sadain said.

During his first term of office as councilor, Sadain authored an amendatory ordinance calling for the increase of burial assistance to the poorest of the poor, however, it did not muster enough support from his colleagues.

Sadain re-introduced the same amendment to the ordinance during his second term, which was approved by the members on first reading, but stayed so long in the committee level, until this year when a city hall-initiated version was filed in the City Council.

Sadain  pointed out that under the old law, the CSWDO has the option to reduce the P3,800 especially when death occurs during the last quarter of the year, but, under the new version of the ordinance, the CSWDO will not have the discretion of giving any amount because the law is specific to give a maximum and fixed amount of P6,000.

“This means that in the future budget preparations, there should be enough amount of funds for this purpose. This can easily be done since the office has the statistics, more or less, on a yearly basis regarding the number of beneficiaries,” Sadain explained.

The last-term councilor said that although short of expectation, nonetheless, there is still reason to be happy. “El de contodo barato cahon aura ta alcansa ya na P14,000. I just hope the next administration of Mayor-elect Isabelle Climaco Salazar can further see the need to improve this kind of social service to our people and I guess P10,000 will be enough. I do hope the city council could further amend the ordinance under Salazar’s administration. Indeed those who have less in life must have more in law.”

Sadain also appealed to the sense of corporate and personal social responsibility of funeral parlor owners to refrain from further increasing the cost of their burial services to the people.

“We are all Zamboanguenos and it is our desire to make things easier for all of us,” Sadain added. — KS