MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday called on those who will visit their departed loved ones at the city-run cemeteries to take it upon themselves to follow the set rules and regulations when it comes to going to the Manila North and Manila South cemeteries.
Moreno made the pronouncement in view of the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, where both cemeteries being managed by the city government are expected to have an influx of visitors.
This early, Moreno said cleaning and repainting jobs may already be done by those whose loved ones are interred in the said cemeteries.
In line with this, Moreno called on those who will go there for such jobs to make sure they put away their trash properly, adding that burning of trash inside the cemeteries is strictly prohibited.
The mayor also advised the public that bringing in of firearms, bladed weapons such as knives, screwdrivers and icepicks and flammable materials like lighters, thinner, alcohol and gas are also not allowed, along with pets, sound system, gambling parahernalia and intoxicating drinks.
He assured that proper coordination with the Manila Police District (MPD) and volunteer groups is also being done to help maintain peace and order as well as free medical services.
The Manila City Hall, he said, will be putting up booths to provide various forms of assistance to the cemetery visitors.
The Manila North Cemetery which is about 54 hectares, is touted as the biggest in Metro Manila. It houses the remains of prominent figures such as former Philippine presidents Sergio Osmeña, Manuel Roxas and Ramon Magsaysay, Francis Burton Harrison, Claro Recto, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Pancho Villa, Epifanio de los Santos and Juan Nakpil, among others.
Every year, the total number of visitors there during the ‘Undas’ season reaches at least a million.