Familiaran Wants Burgos Cemetery Closed, Gamboa Opts to Buy Lot for New Location
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran suggests that the Bacolod North Cemetery along Burgos Street should be closed considering that there is no more available space for burial of the dead in that place.
While Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. said before closing the cemetery, the local government of Bacolod City should buy a lot as location for the new cemetery.
But Familiaran said the dead should be buried at the Handumanan Public Cemetery once the Burgos Cemetery closes. This was his reaction upon receipt of the letter of Dr. Grace Tan of the Bacolod City Health Office recommending the prohibition of additional burials at the Bacolod North Public Cemetery, the reason why many cadavers, bones and gravestones were reported missing by the surviving families of the dead. Aside from congested graves, there are five families actually residing inside the cemetery, which adds to the congestion in the area.
Councilor Gamboa volunteers to sponsor a resolution asking Mayor Evelio Leonardia to convene the Bacolod City-owned Cemetery Regulatory Board for its closure, as well as recommend the purchase of a new cemetery. The Board is comprised by chairman of the SP Committee on Public Works, chairman of the Committee on Health, head of the General Services Office, coordinator of the City Planning and Development Office, City Engineer, and representative from the Liga ng mga Barangay. The creation of the said Board that he authored was already approved by the SP last year.
Gamboa also cited that the Muslim community has a portion intended for their dead at the Handumanan Cemetery.*