Duterte forms body to manage city's public cemeteries

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Friday, May 30, 2014

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has formed a policy-making body that will manage the existing 11 public cemeteries in the city and address all other related concerns and issues.

Duterte said some of the 11 public cemeteries are nearly full while others already full.

"The accommodation and capacity of which is within the critical level," he said in his Executive Order 24, an order creating and constituting Davao City Cemetery Management Board (DCCMB).


The 11 public cemeteries are Wireless Public Cemetery, Ma-a, Tibungco, Panacan, Lubugan, Toril, Calinan, Tacunan, Bunawan, Ulas, Tugbok, and Paquibato.

Duterte tasked the DCCMB to formulate policies, laws and programs, and recommendations to address the concerns and issues affecting the cemeteries.

The DCCMB is composed of the city economic enterprise manager, city engineer, city planning and development coordinator, city health officer, city treasurer and SP chair for committee on government enterprises and privatization.

"At present, the Wireless Cemetery has already been rehabilitated yet it has been observed that there are still concerns that are needed to be addressed and as well as the condition of other city public cemeteries must be improved before the city may encounter shortage of burial ground in the near future," Duterte said.

Aside from conducting research and studies related to the planning in public cemetery management, the DCCMB is also tasked to evaluate applications for establishing a private cemetery/memorial parks/crematorium in the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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