City al­lows ceme­tery vis­its

Start­ing today, the public is al­lowed to visit public and pri­vate ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries in Cebu City but sub­ject to the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the city.

The Freeman - - News - Mary Ruth R. Mali­nao, Iris Hazel M. Mas­cardo/GAN

Due to the COVID-19 out­break, Mayor Edgardo La­bella had ear­lier or­dered the tem­po­rary clo­sure of all public and pri­vate ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries within the city start­ing Oc­to­ber 29 to Novem­ber 4.

Af­ter the tem­po­rary clo­sure, the vis­it­ing pe­riod will re­sume from Novem­ber 5 to Novem­ber 15.

La­bella had is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der (EO) yes­ter­day es­tab­lish­ing the guide­lines on the ob­ser­vance of Kalag-Kalag 2020 in all public and pri­vate ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries within the city.

“There is a need for the City Govern­ment of Cebu to es­tab­lish guide­lines for peo­ple vis­it­ing the rest­ing places of their de­parted loved ones prior to and af­ter the sched­uled tem­po­rary clo­sure in or­der to main­tain or­der and en­sure ob­ser­vance of public health and safety stan­dards,” read EO 92-A.

Per the EO, ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries shall only be al­lowed to ac­cept vis­i­tors from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. dur­ing the dates spec­i­fied, and the num­ber of per­sons al­lowed in­side these ar­eas at any given time should not ex­ceed 30 per­cent of its to­tal ca­pac­ity.

The ceme­tery man­age­ment shall en­sure that so­cial dis­tanc­ing is strictly ob­served.

Those who wish to go to the ceme­ter­ies are re­quired to bring their city govern­ment-is­sued quar­an­tine passes (QPass), com­pany IDs for those work­ing in es­tab­lish­ments and in­dus­tries al­lowed to op­er­ate, and of­fi­cial IDs for au­tho­rized per­sons out­side res­i­dences (APORs).

It is manda­tory to wear face masks and face shields.

The EO added that se­nior cit­i­zens and those be­low 21 years old as well as those with im­mun­od­e­fi­cien­cies, co­mor­bidi­ties or other health risks, and preg­nant women are pro­hib­ited from vis­it­ing ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries.

Food and drinks/ liquor are not al­lowed in­side and within the vicin­ity from Septem­ber 26 to Novem­ber 15. As such, it shall be pro­hib­ited for any per­son to bring and sell food and drinks/liquor.

It is like­wise pro­hib­ited to sell can­dles, flow­ers, and such other com­ple­ments in­side the premises of ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries from Septem­ber 26 to Novem­ber 15.

Man­age­ment of ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries shall dis­al­low park­ing of ve­hi­cles in­side their re­spec­tive premises. For this pur­pose, the man­age­ment shall des­ig­nate park­ing ar­eas where vis­i­tors shall park their ve­hi­cles.

“The hold­ing of Holy Masses shall be al­lowed in­side ceme­ter­ies, me­mo­rial parks, and colum­baries. As such, only priests, their sac­ristan, and tech­ni­cal staff (for live stream­ing) shall be al­lowed en­try,” Sec­tion 2 (J) read.

The Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice, City Health Depart­ment, Cebu City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice, Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice, PROBE Team, Busi­ness Per­mit and Li­cens­ing Of­fice, ceme­tery ad­min­is­tra­tors, with the as­sis­tance of barangay of­fi­cials and barangay public safety of­fi­cers, are di­rected to im­ple­ment the or­der.

“I ap­peal to our res­i­dents in Cebu City, to just com­ply with the min­i­mum health pro­to­cols. This is for our own good. The virus is still very much around. We are still in quar­an­tine, so we re­ally have to ob­serve for our good and for the good of our fel­low be­ings so that we can main­tain this flat­ten­ing of the curve,” La­bella said.

The Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO), for its part, has now pre­pared its po­lice de­ploy­ment in the ceme­ter­ies, said Po­lice Colonel Josefino Li­gan, CCPO Chief.

“We are ready. We are al­lot­ting around 300 PNP per­son­nel for man­ning the po­lice as­sis­tance desk. It was men­tioned be­fore that dili lang siya po­lice as­sis­tance desk but multi-agency cen­ter. Naa didto ang bombero, city dis­as­ter and of course taga barangay. So ready ta,” said Li­gan.

These aug­mented po­lice of­fi­cers and force mul­ti­pli­ers are ded­i­cated to en­sure that the stan­dard min­i­mum health pro­to­cols will be prop­erly ob­served while main­tain­ing the 30 per­cent ca­pac­ity in­side the ceme­ter­ies, he said.

Li­gan said that there will be about 10 cops in each iden­ti­fied ceme­tery that will be tak­ing turns in man­ning the en­trance and pa­trols around the ceme­tery. —

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.