For the second year in a row, the municipal government of Pateros will close public and private cemeteries to the public during “Undas” due to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce III announced on October 11 that the municipal government would pass an ordinance banning visitors to cemeteries for five days, from October 29 to November 2.
“The number of positive COVID-19 cases may go down slightly, but it’s not really going down and sometimes it is going up, so we continue to be cautious,” Ponce said on a live Facebook broadcast.
He urged the public to visit cemeteries from October 12 before the “Undas” period to avoid overcrowding, which could cause the spread of COVID-19.
“We call for the understanding of the administrators of the cemeteries and the residents of Pateros who plan to visit the cemeteries,” he said.
In September last year, Ponce issued Executive Decree No.26, closing public and private memorial parks, cemeteries and columbariums from October 29 to November 4, 2020 to avoid overcrowding from the pandemic.
In addition, Ponce announced that curfew hours in Pateros will be reduced from midnight to 4 a.m. starting October 13.
Ponce signed Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution 21-23 dated October 10, imposing a unified curfew from midnight to 4 a.m. in Metro Manila.
All the mayors belonging to the Metro Manila Council (MMC) signed the resolution, which noted that “the Department of Health (DOH) has reported that there is a general decrease in active cases of COVID-19 in the region of the national capital because of the speed and effective detection and isolation strategies and increased vaccination efforts, among others.
“The Metro Manila Council recognizes the imperative of gradually but cautiously opening up the economy in order to increase business activity, reduce unemployment and underemployment, and promote economic growth while also being aware of the interests critical to public health and safety, ”according to the resolution.
The mayors said the curfew should be shortened and “be adjusted in light of recent developments, especially the steady decline in active cases in the region.”
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