Isko warns erring funeral homes amid COVID-19 crisis

Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso warned on Tuesday all funeral homes in Manila which refuse to accept or delay acceptance of remains or bodies coming from hospitals that he would have their business permits canceled.

The mayor issued the warning to all funeral service companies in Manila after receiving complaints.

"Sa lahat ng punerarya, ayokong may mauulit na insidente na may isang patay, habang nagdadalamhati ang pamilya nila dala ay siya n'yong aabusuhin ang kanilang kalugmukan. Huwag na huwag n'yong gagawin 'yan sa panahong ito," said Domagoso.

"Nagnegosyo kayo, hanap-patay. May namatay, kunin n'yo. Bigyan n'yo ng maayos at disenteng serbisyo," he said.

Domagoso added that owners of these funeral homes must not use the coronavirus disease as a reason for refusing to accept the bodies coming from the different hospitals.

"Kung kayo ay may pangamba na sila ay PUI, alam n'yo din na may mga protocol na dapat sundin. Pinasok n'yo ang negosyo na 'yan, tupadin n'yo ang tungkulin n'yo.”

The mayor also strongly warned all businessmen who continue to commit abuses amid the crisis.

"Hindi ko bibigyan ng puwang ang mga umaabuso at mapagsamantalang kumpanya sa panahon ngayon. You will regret this. As long as I am the Mayor of the City of Manila, you will never be allowed to do business here again. Hindi ko kayo papayagang makapaghanap-buhay sa Maynila," he said.

Meanwhile, Domagoso has ordered a city-wide disinfecting operation on Tuesday morning.

The city government used powerful hoses to spray disinfectants several feet into the air, with the mist reaching vehicles and some buildings on the side of the road.

Fire trucks used in the operation were seen on streets such as Jose Abad Santos Avenue in Tondo, as well as in front of the Manila City Hall.

Metro Manila, along with the entire Luzon, is on its 2nd week of enhanced community quarantine set until April 13.

President Rodrigo Duterte has also placed the entire country under a state of calamity, allowing the government to tap more funds to contain the spread of the virus.

Topics: Manila City , Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso , funeral homes , coronavirus disease 2019 , COVID-19
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