Angeles City council passes public cemetery ordinance

The 17th Sangguniang Panlungsod led by Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno has passed Ordinance No. 403, Series of 2016 “Establishing the Angeles City Memorial Park and creating the Angeles City Memorial office under the city mayor and other related purposes.”

The public cemetery at Barangay Sapalibutad is one of the priority projects of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to provide decent burial for the departed loved ones of the people of Angeles City.

“The city council is always supportive of the programs of the executive department under the office of Mayor Pamintuan specially those projects and programs that are geared towards the overall welfare of the Angeleños,” said Vice Mayor Nepomuceno.

“This pro-poor and pro-people ordinance will provide an affordable resting place for our people,” Nepomuceno added.

The Angeles City Memorial Park sits in a 1.6 hectare land. It has a state-of-the-art crematorium, chapels, columbarium, niches, a park and other first-class amenities.

The proposed fees and charges for Angeles residents are: P15,000 for burial inclusive of a headstone and use of the niche apartment type for seven years; P12,000 for the cremation services inclusive of urn for the ashes; P1,000 per day for the chapel services (maximum of three days); and P1,000 per year for columbarium placement.

On the other hand, non-residents of Angeles City can only avail of the cremation services which will cost P18,000.

The requirements for residency qualifications are presentation of two (2) government issued IDs and a duly signed barangay residency certification with corresponding verification and ocular visit from the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWDO).

This project is the first and only public cemetery in Angeles City, as the traditional burial place of Angeles City – the public cemetery in Barangay Cutcut – is owned by the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. It has been closed since more than three years ago as it has exceeded its maximum capacity and is now undergoing major reconstruction.

Mandatory discounts as provided by law shall be conferred to senior citizens, person with disabilities, solo parents unless otherwise provided.

The local government is now undergoing the stringent process required by law to obtain necessary permits, clearances and certifications from the Department of Health (DOH) and other national government agencies.

The ordinance was introduced by Councilor Alexander P. Indiongco and was approved by the city council and by Mayor Pamintuan on December 20, 2016.