Angeles City opens P110M public cemetery

The first and only government-run cemetery in Angeles City has opened in Barangay Sapalibutad on Friday.

The 1.6 hectare cemetery is one of the priority projects of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, which consists of facilities and amenities that will provide decent resting place for the departed loved ones of the Angeleños.

ANGELES CITY PUBLIC CEMETERY. Angeles City’s first and only government-run cemetery in Barangay Sapalibutad houses a state-of-the-art crematorium, columbarium units, chapels, parks and other related amenities. The 1.6 hectare facility is intended for indigent families in the city who cannot afford the high cost of interment services.

“The project reiterates our commitment of providing decent burial to the departed Angeleños. With that said, we will prioritize our cabalens here in Angeles City,” said Mayor Pamintuan.

Housed inside the cemetery are state-of-the-art crematorium, columbarium units and chapels. The public cemetery also has an innovative strategy of burying the deceased by using niches to conserve space.

In 2013, the cemetery located in Barangay Cutcut, which was discovered to be owned by the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, was closed for exceeding its maximum capacity. The closure triggered Mayor Pamintuan to establish the city’s own public memorial park.

The construction of the cemetery kicked off in January 2016. In December of the same year the 17th Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, passed the Ordinance No. 403, or “Establishing the Angeles City Memorial Park and creating the Angeles City Memorial office under the city mayor”.

However, a clearance from the Department of Health (DoH) was required before its full operation. The said clearance, which also served as a basis for the issuance of the Sanitary Permit under the Code of Sanitation of the Philippines, was obtained last January 26, 2017 .

“With the rise of our very own burial facility, Angeleños do not need to worry about burying their deceased love ones- this (cemetery) will answer the problem. Rest assured that the city council will be supportive to this notable project in terms of legislative measures ” said Vice Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno.

Meanwhile, the administration of the cemetery will be headed by Marco Nepomuceno, President of Kuliat Foundation Incorporated (KFI).

“It’s public service, not a business enterprise. This cemetery will benefit the poor for it has a decent burial ground and nice surroundings comparative to its private counterparts,” Nepomuceno said.

The proposed fees and charges for Angeles residents are: Php15,000.00 for burial inclusive of a headstone and use of the niche apartment type for seven years; Php12,000.00 for the cremation services inclusive of urn for the ashes; Php1,000.00 per day for the chapel services (maximum of three days); and Php1,000.00 per year for columbarium placement.

On the other hand, non-residents of Angeles City can only avail of the cremation services which will cost Php18,000.00.

Residency qualifications are required in form of (2) government issued IDs and a duly signed barangay certification with corresponding verification, and ocular visit from the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWDO).

(AC-CIO with reports from Camille Balbuena, Luz Clarita Marcelo, and Jericho Tiglao)