Saturday, April 14, 2012

Free Funeral Service in the Philippines

ILOILO CITY, April 13 (PNA) -- This city's free funeral package benefited 99 indigents during the first quarter of the year, according to a report from the Barangay City Secretariat Office.

"We share the feeling of grief of our people, that's why we have this project that will cover all their needs from free coffin, embalming, funeral lights and service car," Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said.

With the aim of serving the Ilonggos "from cradle to grave," the city government is implementing the free funeral package in partnership with Gegato-Abecia Funeral Services Inc.

"This program may not be enough to heal the pain of losing a loved one but this helps lessen the burden," Mabilog stated.

He initiated the project as one of the pro-poor programs of his administration.

Started in June 2011, the project had helped 192 poor families that year give a decent wake and burial to their loved ones.

For the low income, a memorial plan costs from P6,000 to P12,000 which is more than what they can afford to provide a decent, dignified burial for a loved-one, the Barangay City Secretariat Office said.

Families who want to avail of the service need only to submit the duly registered death certificate and certificate of indigence from their respective punong barangays and from the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Barangay City Secretariat officer-in-charge Catalina Sanico said indigent families expressed gratefulness over the implementation of the project.

The free funeral service is expected to continue with the sustained support from the chief executive by providing adequate budget so that many who are in need of the program can avail of the service, she added.

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