Manila’s North and South cemeteries are now offering live streaming services and “grave locator” technology to make it more convenient for those who pay their respects to the dead.
Mayor Joseph Estrada said cemetery-goers can visit the official websites of the two city-run public cemeteries to avoid the perennial hassles they encounter during All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
“Every year, we encounter various problems and inconveniences, given the millions of people that visit the cemeteries. We are assuring the Manileños that we will continue to improve our services,” Estrada said.
Daniel Tan, director of the Manila North and South cemeteries, said cemetery-goers can log on to the cemeteries’ websites: http://www.manilasouthcemetery.com.ph and http://manilanorthcemetery.com.
He said the grave locator will allow people to use a search box to accurately look for the location of the tomb of their loved ones.
The websites also have maps of both cemeteries, complete with street names and plot numbers of the graves.
“You’ll just type in the name of the deceased and it will point you to the exact location of the tomb,” Tan said.
Tan said they will also offer live streaming from October 29 to November 2 that will show real-time footages in the main gates of the two cemeteries, enabling cemetery-goers to see the situation in both areas.
“To maintain peace and order, about 900 policemen will guard the North and South cemeteries, backed up by civilian security and barangay personnel. They will be at the sites until November 2,” Tan added.