A stern warning has been issued to the caretaker of the Bacolod North Public Cemetery at Burgos Street, Bacolod City, against the continued construction ofnew tombs/niches and exhumation activities inside the facility, by General Services Office head Jerome Solinap.
In his memorandum to Ricardo Repogio dated April 18, Solinap said that despite repeated verbal instructions not to allow the construction of new tombs/niches for burial purposes at the cemetery since the facility is already overcrowded, many clients seeking their monitoring slip still attest that they have contracted for the construction of tombs/niches reaching as high as the fourth layer.
“Numerous burial and exhumation activities have been performed under your watch without first securing the necessary permit. Therefore, this order shall serve as a stern warning that infractions of the same nature in the future shall be dealt with accordingly against you,” he said.
Meanwhile, Solinap said they are redirecting burials either to the Handumanan or Granada cemeteries which are owned by the city since the Bacolod North Public Cemetery is already overcrowded.
He has designated Administrative Officer III Erry Lagtapon as overall-in-charge of the Bacolod North Public Cemetery who had called for a meeting last April 13 with Repogio and other private workers against the continued construction of new niches, he said.
Solinap said they will only allow burial if the family of the deceased has an existing tomb.They should not construct new niches because the usual complaints they receive every November 1and 2 is that there are many missing tombs.
Aside from Repogio, he has also designated Franklin Dadivas as caretaker, he said.
They have already submitted their findings to the Office of the Mayor, Solinap said.
If Repogio continues to defy his order, he will recommend to the mayor to have him relieved fromhis present task, he said.
Solinap said he has also ordered the monitoring of informal settlers inside the cemetery.*CGS
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