(Metro News) QC gov’t offers low-priced funeral services

November 2, 2010 11:10 am 

MANILA, Nov. 1 — The Quezon City government said Monday it has sealed an agreement with the Quezon City Mortuary Association Inc. (QCMAI) which calls for the city’s continuous implementation of the city’s "Murang Palibing" program for the poor.

Under the agreement, association members will provide funeral services amounting to P6,500 for adults and P3,500 for children which include provisions for casket, retrieval of body from place of death (natural death), five-day embalming and use of funeral hearse for interment from Monday to Friday only.

The funeral services will not include burial permit, cremation, cemetery lot, columbarium, niche and other expenses for processing of papers.

The association has 42 members, including Arlington Funeral Homes, Alfred Funeral Homes, Forest Hill Funeral Homes, La Funeraria Paz, Cinco Estrella Memorial Chapel, National Memorial Homes, Novaliches Funeral Homes, St. Peter Memorial Chapel and Tajuna Funeral Homes.

Quezon City Council Resolution No. SP-2801, S-2005, authorizes Mayor Herbert Bautista to enter into an agreement with owners of city-based mortuaries for the implementation of the “Murang Palibing” program.

As provided for under the agreement, the city government, through the Social Services and Development Department headed by Teresa Mariano, shall oversee the identification of qualified indigent residents who shall benefit from the program.

The city government also provides financial and burial assistance to qualified beneficiaries amounting to P1,000 to P2,000.

To qualify for the program, the city’s SSDD requires the submission of the original and certified true copies of the death certificate. (PNA) scs/JCA

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