DOH clears Angeles LGU to operate public cemetery

The Department of Health Region 3 has released the operational clearance of the Angeles City Public Cemetery, a 1.6-hectare facility located in Barangay Sapalibutad.

The cemetery, equipped with a crematorium, a columbarium and chapels, is one of the major projects of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to provide decent burial for the departed Angelenos.

According to Angeles City Communications Officer Jay Pelayo IV, the LGU can now start the operation of the brand new memorial park which has been dubbed as the “Rolls Royce of Cemeteries.”

“We’ve put in a lot of work and effort on the design and structure for the benefit of the people of Angeles especially the poor,” Pelayo added.

Earlier this month, the 17th Sangguniang Panlungsod led by Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, 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 proposed fees and charges for the local residents are: P15,000 for burial inclusive of a headstone and use of the niche apartment type for seven years; P12,000 for cremation services inclusive of urn for the ashes; P1,000 per day for chapel services (maximum of three days); and P1,000 per year for columbarium placement. Furthermore, non-residents of Angeles City can only avail of the cremation services which will cost around 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 true public cemetery in Angeles City, as the traditional burial place of Angeles City – the public cemetery in Barangay Cutcut – has been discovered to be owned by the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. It has been temporarily closed more than three years ago when it exceeded its maximum capacity and is now undergoing major reconstruction.

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

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