Issue of October 23, 2011
Mt. Province

102nd Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Still no possible new site for a public cemetery in Baguio
by Harley Palangchao

The need to find a new area for a public cemetery in Baguio seemed not urgent even as city officials acknowledged that the existing Baguio City public cemetery is already overcrowded.

“Our cemetery is indeed overcrowded,” said Mayor Mauricio Domogan, as he quickly claimed that efforts are being done to maximize the current public cemetery along Quirino Highway (formerly Naguilian Road).

He said that the construction of condo-type tombs is just one of the solutions to the mammoth of problems being reported at the 94,800-square meter public cemetery.

He said the city government has considered constructing a public cemetery in a vast track of land in Kias Barangay although the plan is not feasible based on the set of criteria for a public cemetery.

The mayor said the development of private cemeteries is welcome although he acknowledged that not all can afford the cost of burying dead loved ones in a private property.

There is already a pending request for the City Environment and Parks Management Office (Cepmo) to look for another location or annex of the already overcrowded public cemetery.

This as the Baguio Cemetery is currently congested that new entombment areas sold or used are along dangerous and steep slopes prone to landslides and difficult to access.

A number of tombs were hit by a landslide just near the Baguio cemetery along Quirino Highway during Typhoon Pepeng. But it was not the first time that landslides were reported within the public cemetery.

The city government, in fact, learned its lesson for using even the steep portion of the public cemetery when more than a hundred graves were hit a by a landslide due to a strong typhoon in 2001.

The city public cemetery has been existing since the early 1950s, which means that it has been in use for almost half a century now.

There are four existing satellite cemeteries in the city but the main public cemetery remains to be the first choice of relatives of dead persons because of its proximity.

Last year, the CEPMO was also requested to come out with a plan that identifies all tombs and indicates the names of alleys at the Baguio City public cemetery.

There is often confusion in locating a niche or tomb because the main alleys are not marked, aggravated by the sloping terrain and steep ravines.

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