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Well done, EdPam

May 16, 2017

AS HE promised, so he delivered.

“This is a fulfilment of our commitment of providing decent burial to departed Angeleños,” so spoke Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as he inaugurated on Friday the city public cemetery a year and four months after he broke ground for the project he committed himself to do in 2013. This, after the closure of the Roman Catholic cemetery administered by the Holy Rosary parish church which for decades served as public cemetery too.

More than your-usual-patirik-tirik type of unplanned, un-zoned, bury-where-youwish public cemeteries, what Pamintuan has bequeathed to his people rivals the best of private memorial parks hereabouts.

“It’s public service, not a business enterprise. This cemetery will benefit the poor for it has a decent burial ground and nice surroundings comparative to its private counterparts,” enthused city business leader Marco Nepomuceno, president of Kuliat Foundation Inc., who will head the administrative body of the public cemetery.

Spread in a sprawl of 1.6 hectares are a state-of-the-art crematorium, a columbarium, and chapels, plus condo-type niches to conserve precious space. All for “socialized” prices that are a fraction of those offered by memorial parks, to wit: a) P15,000 for burial inclusive of a headstone and use of the niche apartment type for seven years; b) P12,000 for the cremation services inclusive of urn for the ashes; c) P1,000 per day for the chapel services (maximum of three days); and d) P1,000 per year for columbarium placement. That is, for Angeles City residents who shall be qualified by two government-issued IDs and a duly signed barangay certification with corresponding verification, and ocular visit from the City Social Welfare and Development.

Aye, that great socio-economic divide that plagues have-nothings vis-à-vis the haveeverythings as much in life, as in death – the magnificent funeral and the beggar’s burial, the grand mausoleum and the common grave – has, to a great extent, bridged by the Angeles City public cemetery.

It pays to have a social(ist) reformer for a city hizzoner. This is one best-practice model all local government executives should aspire for.

Mabuhay po kayo, Mayor EdPam!

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