Pasig City to Cover Cremation Expenses of Residents' COVID-Related Deaths

It follows the protocols of the Department of Health.

(SPOT.ph) On April 9, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced that the city government will shoulder the cremation expenses of residents with COVID-19-related deaths. 

Sotto made the announcement on his Twitter page. 

He also extended his thanks to Evergreen Chapels, located along C. Raymundo Avenue, for agreeing to charge Pasig the regular rate for cremation services. In the same tweet, he mentioned that the process follows the Department of Health's (DOH) protocols and is "100% safe."

The remains of a person who died because of COVID-19 must be cremated within 12 hours, according to DOH secretary Francisco Duque III.

Resolution No. 10 of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease also states that local government units (LGUs) must designate facilities for funeral services and "provide possible financial assistance to cover the logistics, fuel, salary, and other expenses" of funeral services for COVID-related deaths.

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Pasig City's local government is still providing aid for non-COVID deaths through Project Damayan. Should residents need certification that the death was not due to COVID-19, a doctor on duty at the city's 24/7 SuperHealth Center will provide certification services. Sotto advised residents to contact the Pasig City hotline (8-643-0000) for more information.

Main image from Google Maps / Streetview

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