Manila’s north and south cemeteries are now under tight watch following the release of a city resolution ordering their temporary closure on All Soul’s Day and All Saint’s Day amid the pandemic.
What could be a historic first since time immemorial that the two public cemeteries will be shuttered because of the pandemic, Mayor Isko Moreno asked for his constituents’ understanding and forgiveness as he is accordingly left with no choice but to close them down and prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
“Patawarin po ninyo ako kung sakaling masaktan ko ang inyong damdamin na hindi makita ang inyong mahal sa buhay sa partikular na panahon ngayon. Hinihingi ko po ang inyong pang-unawa para sa inyong kaligtasan,” Moreno stressed.
At the same time, Moreno ordered Manila’s Finest (PNP), the Manila Health Dept.; Manila’s Disasters Risk Reduction and Management Office, and the city’s Dept. of Public Services to spearhead supervision of the two cemeteries.
Sales at flower terminal “Dangwa” in Sampaloc, Manila is also seen to experience slow sales this time around because of the closure order of Manila’s south and north cemeteries. BENJAMIN CUARESMA