The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has allowed the operation of a new crematorium in Iloilo City.
On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the SP passed a Resolution of No Objection (RONO) for the opening of the Forest Lake Development Inc.'s (FLDI) crematorium.
"The operation of another crematorium in Iloilo City is urgently needed in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic,” the resolution stated.
The resolution, sponsored by councilor Ely Estante, is part of its requirements set by the Department of Health prior to the issuance of initial and operational clearances.
FLDI is a duly recognized corporation operating the Forest Lake Memorial Park in Barangay Calajunan in Mandurriao district.
Earlier, FDLI secured a Special Use Permit from the Iloilo City Zoning Board of Appeals and Adjustments.
According to FLDI representative and park officer Annie Mampo, their facility will have two machines which can process up to 24 cadavers every day.
Their service's price ranges from P40,000 to P60,000, but they will give a lower price for indigent residents.
"We are actually for the MOA that is initially being done with other crematorium. We will be able to give lower prices for our indigent constituents," Mampo told the City Council.
Estante, chairman of the committee on public service, and environmental protection and ecology, said with the new crematorium, people will have an option.
"Mas maayo ni kay there will be no monopoly makapili pa ya ang tawo," he said.
The first and existing crematorium facility in the city and the whole Panay Island is Gegato-Abecia Crematory in Barangay Balabago, Jaro District.
Aside from FLDI, Estante revealed that another company also expressed its intention to put up a crematorium facility in the city.IMT