50% discount on funeral services for indigents sought

MILITANT solons are proposing huge discounts on funeral services to indigent families.

In filing House Bill 5249, Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat said poor families need discounts, at least 50 percent for the funeral services.

The bill, if enacted into law will mandate all funeral homes to give discounts to indigent families.

However, this is only applicable to At-Need funeral services, and only when the funeral service does not cost beyond the funeral home’s minimum package.

FREE FOR EXTREMELY POOR FAMILIES

Under the measure, the extremely poor families must be granted with free funeral services.

The free services are limited to just two per month per branch, provided that it also does not exceed the cost of the funeral home’s minimum package.

Indigent family is defined as one whose monthly income is equivalent to the minimum wage set in the region where they reside.

An extremely poor family is one whose monthly income is less than the minimum wage set in the region where they live.

Citing a survey conducted by the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2005, an average funeral service package in the Philippines was P25,000 while memorial lots in public and private cemeteries cost an average of P50,000 per lot package.
 
The three solons said that funeral services generally are expensive, a stark and difficult reality confronting the large majority of impoverished Filipinos.