Delon Porcalla – The Filipino star
November 2, 2022 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker has introduced a bill to penalize funeral homes found guilty of holding dead bodies hostage until their family members pay the bill for their services.
“It is cruel and inhumane for funeral homes to hold the remains of the deceased hostage for profit. It is a disgraceful and anti-poor business practice that should be condemned by Congress,” said Makati Representative Luis Campos Jr.
Under Bill 1292, Campos said any morgue or funeral home employee who stops the release of a corpse as collateral for payment for mortuary services faces up to six months in jail and a fine. up to 50,000 pesos.
Campos said it is illegal for embalming, burial and cremation service providers to refuse the release of a corpse directly or indirectly if family members fail to pay the cost of mortuary services. .
The bill gives the Department of Health (DOH) responsibility for enforcing the ban, noting that morgues and funeral homes have repeatedly refused to release corpses due to nonpayment for mortuary services.
The measure clarifies that surviving family members unable to pay mortuary expenses can claim a corpse, along with the necessary release papers, by executing a promissory note with a co-perpetrator.
According to the Commission on Population and Development, a total of 879,429 deaths were recorded in the Philippines last year. Of these, 105,723 deaths were related to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the DOH and local government units (LGUs) should implement stricter regulations in the establishment and operation of crematoria to protect public health and protect the environment, according to a bill introduced by the senator. Ramon Revilla Jr.
Senate Bill 1208 or the Crematorium Regulation Bill seeks to regulate these ovens for the dead which have become popular in recent years due to the pandemic and lack of space in cemeteries.
Revilla noted that safety precautions implemented due to the pandemic have included prompt burial of the dead, with the government mandating LGUs to ensure the remains of COVID-19 patients are buried, preferably cremated, in 12 hours after death.
Under the bill’s policy statement, no crematorium should be erected near a residential community, where it would pose a hazard to health and air quality. The construction and maintenance of crematoria should be regulated to promote public health and the environment.
No body should be cremated until at least 48 hours after death, unless that death was the result of a communicable disease, and no one should be received by a crematorium unless accompanied by the required permits, according to The law project. –Paolo Romero
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