Ma­bal­a­cat City folks urged to reg­is­ter for 2018 polls

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MA­BAL­A­CAT CITY — The lo­cal gov­ern­ment has urged the res­i­dents here to reg­is­ter with the city’s Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion (Com­elec) in line with the syn­chro­nized Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions on May 14, 2018.

The vot­ers reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod was set on Novem­ber 6 to 30.

This is pur­suant Com­elec Res­o­lu­tion Num­ber 10214 dated Oc­to­ber 24, 2017 which set the re­sump­tion of the sys­tem of con­tin­u­ing reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers on the said pe­riod.

with a liq­uid pol­ish. Her fam­ily be­longs to the 50 fam­i­lies, most of them poor, liv­ing in the area around the half a cen­tury old pub­lic ceme­tery.

In­ci­den­tal in­come Ca­maya, on the other hand, tends to five mau­soleums, mostly of old rich fam­i­lies of the town, all year round.

“I usu­ally clean them twice a month, but dur­ing Novem­ber 1 and 2, I also do the paint­ing jobs on them and the usual main­te­nance,” he said.

Ca­maya added that he gets paid a thou­sand pe­sos a year per grave and he usu­ally col­lects this dur­ing All Saints’Day when the fam­i­lies of his “em­ploy­ers” would come to pay a visit. The half-cen­tury old ceme­tery houses more than six thou­sand tombs, niches, and mau­soleums.

How­ever, one peren­nial prob­lem of the ceme­tery is the flood­wa­ter that rises from drainage canals due to the high tide and poor drainage sys­tem.

“Be­cause the ceme­tery is in­un­dated, some peo­ple would have their tombs cleaned up for them,” Ca­maya said, adding that most tomb clean­ers make easy bucks from clean­ing rang­ing from P50 to P150 de­pend­ing on the tomb si ze.

“The tombs with­out care­tak­ers would ask most of the kids around here to clean for them. Chil­dren here would also scrape up can­dle wax from worn out can­dles and sell these by the kilo,” Ca­maya added.

He said the sea­son pro­vides a brisk op­por­tu­nity for busi­ness. The only prob­lem now would be how to source out pos­si­ble in­come af­ter Novem­ber 1 and 2, he said.

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