IN THESE times, it is expensive to live as it is to die.
The Paupers Burial Ordinance, however, was recently passed in the City Council for the poor people to be assured of a final resting place when they die.
Penned by Councilor Leandro Yangot, the law states the privilege will be available for indigents, street roamers, and victims of disaster and crime who have no claimants and are residents of the city.
“It’s already effective. Libre na ang libing sa mahirap,” said Yangot after the ordinance was passed on third reading.
The new law addresses the concerns of the marginalized sector in the locality in times of loss of a loved one. Since the tough economic times have left them struggling with day to day expenses, their meager earnings and little savings hardly cope with emergency situations.
“Unfortunately, death is inevitable and oftentimes, a family member passes away and there has been no preparation for their funeral. This means there is a possibility that there has been no financial provision made and no funeral choices or wishes put in place. If a family is faced with the loss of a loved one and is without the means to pay for their funeral, there is a need to make some decisions about how to proceed,” Yangot said.
The services will include wake and burial and shall be approved by the Mayor as well as the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the City Health Services Office which will determine the financial status and condition of the beneficiary with a financial assistance of P20,000.
The measure defines a pauper as “any person or family who has no means at all of even supporting himself without means of livelihood and has to be supported by public expense.”
The City Environment and Parks Management Office will be in charge in identifying the internment and burial of the beneficiary at the Baguio Cemetery.