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Davao City plans to put up own crematorium facility for COVID-19 deaths

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday, April 20, the local government is eyeing to establish its own crematorium facility amid the high demand for cremation services due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The local chief executive said she has to check the Bayanihan Heal as One Act if the city could be allowed to put up the crematorium facility.

“We will look into the provisions of the Bayanihan Act if it is allowed. If yes, then we are considering that,” she said.

She noted that there are only three crematorium facilities in the city.

With the government-owned crematorium, the city government could help families of COVID-19 patients immediately deal with the death of their loved ones.

Duterte-Carpio said so far the remains of all patients who died of suspected COVID-19 in the city had already been cremated. Some of the victims were awaiting their test results at the time of their deaths.

“There are cadavers who are not COVID positive, but the doctors recommend for a cremation,” the mayor said. #

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