La Trinidad seeks to regulate funeral homes

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Municipal Councilor Roderick Awingan is seeking the regulation of all funeral and embalming establishments and their operations in this town.

Awingan got the nod of the legislative body to pass on first reading the ordinance aiming to protect the health of the people in the Valley, saying “all efforts of public services should be directed toward the protection and promotion of health.”

Awingan said with the advancements in the fields of sanitation in the recent years, there is a need to update the sanitary laws to ensure they are keeping with modern standards of sanitation.

“There has been a booming of both funeral and embalming services in the municipality that needs to be regulated to adapt to current sanitary standards for the protection and promotion of health,” he said.

The La Trinidad Funeral and Embalming Establishment and Operation Ordinance, penned by Councilor Estrella Adeban, seeks to penalize violators of the law, as well as provide quality service and compassionate care to the dearly beloved.

The ordinance puts into place permits, licenses as well as certificates needed in the proper handling of the deceased.

The ordinance covers establishments with chapels and embalming facilities offering funeral transport services, as well as establishments without embalming services.

Licenses from the Department of Health and sanitary permits should be acquired prior to any service offered.

A fine of P1,000 is proposed for the first offense followed by another P2,000 for the second offense and a third offense penalty of P2,500 with a cancellation of business permit and licenses.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 07, 2012.

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