Isko establishes cemetery for Muslim folk in Manila

Isko Moreno

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday signed Manila Ordinance no.8608 establishing the Manila Muslim Cemetery.

Moreno  said the Manila City Council headed by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and majority floorleader Joel Chua allocated P49.3 million for the development of the said cemetery which will be located inside the Manila South Cemetery.

It was learned that the project includes the construction of the Cultural Hall and creation of plantilla items for personnel hiring ay the newMuslim Cemetery Division.

The Manila Muslim Cemetery will be built on a 2,400 square-meter lot which will serve as an exclusive ground for the burial of bodies and bones of Muslim residents of Manila.

‘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 stated.

The Manila Muslim Cemetery  will be under the control and supervision of the Manila Health Department (MHD).

Moreno said he signed the ordinance as a way of recognizing the cultural attributes and customary traditions of the Muslim community in Manila.

‘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,’ Moreno said.

Aside from Lacuna and Chua, also witnessing the ordinance signing were Second District Councilor Darwin “Awi” Sia and other members of the Manila City Council.