GOOD news to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs).
Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna directed the provision of e-trikes that would ferry the elderly and PWDs for free, from the entry point to the site where their departed loved ones are buried, inside the Manila North Cemetery (MNC) and the Manila South Cemetery during the period of “Undas.”
Lacuna made the announcement as he and Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto, accompanied by MNC Director Yayay Castaneda, conducted an inspection of the said cemetery which hosts millions of visitors during the pre-pandemic observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, being the biggest cemetery in the country.
In both the MNC and the MSC, Lacuna said that overnight stay will not be allowed, as the cemeteries will strictly follow the designated opening and closing time.
Lacuna said that from October 29 to November 2, the said two cemeteries will be open to the public from 5 a.m. up to 5 p.m. only.
“Vendors will not be allowed inside the cemetery, so bring your own baon,” she said.
Once again, the lady mayor stressed that only children 12 years old or older who are fully vaccinated will be allowed inside the premises, provided they can present proof of vaccination.
The “no mask, no entry” policy will also be strictly enforced and masks will be provided at the entrance of both cemeteries for those not wearing any.
During the inspection, Lacuna directed Castaneda to ensure that all the comfort rooms are ready, along with portalets that will be made available in strategic areas.