Private and public cemeteries in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed for a week to ensure that there will be no mass gathering at graveyards.

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MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia (Screencrap from press briefing via Jel Santos / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The mayors unanimously agreed to close cemeteries, public and private, in their respective areas. The dates, meanwhile, will be up to the IATF to decide,” MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said during a Zoom press briefing Monday morning (September 14).

“Our reason for the one week closure is for people not to flock to cemeteries,” he added.

“Marikina City has a very beautiful system of giving cemetery passes and schedules for the visit to cemeteries. They only allow a maximum of 30 percent capacity of a cemetery per day to ensure that social distancing will still be followed,” Garcia noted.

“They may copy what Marikina is doing. But of course, they may configure it, the way it suits their city,” the MMDA general manager said referring to other LGUs.

In Marikina, cemetery administrators limit the number of visitors by issuing a one-time cemetery pass based on the preferred day of visit.  

Processing of cemetery passes will start October 1.

Garcia said those who cannot visit their departed loved ones can pray in churches and at home .

“If you are unable to visit their graves this year, light a candle and pray for them at home or in church,” Garcia said.  

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