Mayor Isko signs ordinance creating Manila Muslim Cemetery, appropriates P49.3 million

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Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has signed an ordinance appropriating more than P49 million and establishing a new cemetery for deceased Muslim residents of the nation’s capital at the Manila South Cemetery.

Domagoso, on March 2, signed Ordinance No. 8608 which appropriates about P49.3 million  for the development of the new cemetery.

Domagoso was joined by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua, Second District Councilor Darwin “Awi” Sia and members of the Manila City Council during the signing ceremony.

The new cemetery also includes the construction of a Cultural Hall as well as the creation of plantilla items for the hiring of personnel under the new Muslim Cemetery Division.

The Manila Muslim Cemetery will cover about 2,400 square meters of land to serve as an exclusive ground for the interment and transfer of the remains of Manila’s deceased Muslim residents.

“It is hereby declared the policy of the City Government of Manila to confer recognition to the Muslim community in Manila with their inherent cultural attributes and customary traditions, especially in terms of caring for the remains of their departed, by defining a burial ground in the South Cemetery and a special body intended to manage [it],” the ordinance read.

Its operations will be controlled and supervised by the Manila Health Department (MHD).

Domagoso said the ordinance was signed to recognize the cultural attributes and customary traditions of Manila’s Muslim community.

“Ito ay isang tanda ng ating paggalang sa kasaysayan ng ating minamahal na lungsod na noon ay pinamumunuan tayo ng ating mga kapatid na Muslim, mga Rajah, mga Sultan,” Domagoso said.

“Sa ganitong paraan lamang, muling naipaalala kung paano nagsimula ang Lungsod ng Maynila bago pa dumating ang mga kastila,” he added./Stacy Ang

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