Binay asks gov’t to finance cremation of COVID-19 fatalities

SENATOR Nancy Binay on Tuesday appealed to the government to further help families of the COVID-19 fatalities by financing the cremation of the bodies.

"Sa tingin ko kayang sagutin ng gobyerno ang gastos sa cremation ng mga pamilyang mahihirap or the government can extend assistance to the families who have immensely suffered financially," Binay said.

She explained that families of those who died from COVID-19 are having a hard time securing death certificates because some LGUs and barangay officials do not know what the protocols are if a patient dies inside his or her home, and how to properly handle the bodies which can no longer be accommodated in mortuary freezers and crematoriums.

"Sa ngayon pa lang, sana iresolba na natin ito. Ano ang pwede nating magawang ayuda sa mga pamilya? Paano kung walang-wala? Paano ang pambayad sa punerarya para sa cremation? Sino ang mag-aasikaso ng mga requirement? Paano na kung wala na gustong tumanggap na crematorium?" asked Binay.

Binay had earlier asked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to put clear protocol in handling COVID-related fatalities, including cadaver management, storage, cremation and assistance to families.

The senator said because of the lack of clear guidelines from IATF, she has received reports that some private crematoriums are asking for P100,000 for the cremation of COVID-positive remains.