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Crematoriums warned not to jack up service rates

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the nation on the government's efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 16, 2020. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the nation on the government's efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 16, 2020. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Crematoriums should not increase the prices of their service and must keep pre-quarantine rates as the country grapples to contain the coronavirus pandemic, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said.

“Ito namang may-ari ng crematorium, may I ask you to maintain ‘yung presyo ng cremation before and ante — ante quarantine,” President Duterte said in a televised address to the nation on Thursday.

“Ibig sabihin ‘yung presyo na wala pa tayong problema, ‘yon ang ibigay ninyo. Nakikiusap ako. Tutal negosyo ‘yan eh. Kumikita kayo ng pera na sinusunog ‘yung katawan.”

According to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, local government units (LGUs) were mandated to designate funeral service facilities to handle the remains of patients who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Funeral homes refusing to service coronavirus patients could face sanction.

Meanwhile, President Duterte issued new warning to hospitals that refuse to accept patients during the present COVID-19 emergency.

“Nine hospitals who refused to accept patients. And therefore, we are calling — not after the COVID crisis — but I’ll be asking today the Department of Health to start the investigation,” the President said in his address.

“And I’m sorry but, you know, there are rules to be followed.”

The President said hospitals should not turn way patients and it’s their obligation to find ways to deal with the current health emergency.

“Kaya maghanap kayo ng paraan kung how to deal with the problem because you are a hospital,” he said.

“You can build a makeshift thing plus tent or what and you can do the investigation there at a distance. But whether or not it is really enough, that is your problem. You are a hospital,” he added.

The government reported that here are 5,660 infected individuals in the country with 362 deaths. A total of 435 people recovered from the disease. PND