THE Cebu City Government failed to settle the P1.3 million it owes one of the funeral parlors offering services for the City’s free burial program.

St. Francis Funeral Memorial Homes recently wrote Mayor Michael Rama, requesting City

Hall to expedite the release of its P1,336,000 balance.

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“We understand you just assumed power in City Hall and it would take some time for the wheels of government to start resuming its function under a new administration…but as a business we rely on regular payments from our customers and a stable cash flow is very important for our survival,” said Atty. Sigfred Diaz, vice president for operations of St. Francis Memorial Homes.

Diaz said Barangay San Nicolas, headed by George Rama, owes them P600,000; Barangay Guadalupe, headed by Councilor Eugenio Faelnar, P312,000; and Barangay Tisa, headed by Eduardo Cabulao, P424,000.

The delay has still not been solved, said Diaz.

Although there are little payments here and there, the initial promise of the barangay captains to speed up payments “not only to us but to other funeral parlors, has not been realized,” he told the mayor.

City Hall’s burial assistance program is coursed through the barangay captains who head six clusters and deal directly with the funeral homes offering the service.

These include St. Francis Memorial Homes, Cebu Funeral Homes, St. Bernard Funeral Homes and New Cebu Oriental Funeral Homes.

In the south district, Barangays Basak San Nicolas, Guadalupe and Tisa facilitate the program while Talamban, Cogon Ramos and Busay implement it in the north.

When sought for comment, the mayor said he will be meeting with Councilor Jose Daluz III, head of the committee on budget and finance, and the three barangay captains to discuss the matter.

“The problem there is the set-up. There has to be a better procedure. I don’t want that to be a recurring problem kay luoy sad kayo ang mga (because I also feel sorry for the) funeral parlors,” said Rama.

Daluz told Sun.Star Cebu the City will pay St. Francis Funeral Homes two weeks from now.

Daluz said the City can already pay after the City Council approved the 4th supplemental budget (SB 4), which includes P9 million in additional funding for the City’s burial program.

“We are already processing this and we are going to pay it.

Bag-o pa man gud kayo na-approve atong SB 4 so nag-process na ta karon sa payments (PB has just been recently approved).

Hopefully, two weeks from now, we can pay them,” he said. PDF