THE Baguio City government has ordered a closure of the city’s cemeteries from October 30 to November 3 in advance of the coming All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day to avoid crowding at the cemeteries.
Under Executive Order 124, issued by Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the Baguio City Cemetery will only be open to visitors from districts on a scheduled basis for the next month.
The order divides the city’s 20 districts into different days from October to November 30, with residents only allowed to visit the graves of their relatives and departed family on set days based on location of residence.
Six days over the duration are also allocated for residents of the neighboring La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay areas to visit Baguio-interred relatives.
“We are trying to avoid people from crowding at the cemeteries. That is why we have set schedules so that they will not come at the same time,” Magalong said.
Aside from the public cemetery along Naguilian Road, there are several other private cemeteries and memorial parks that cater not only to city residents but also those from the towns of La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay (LISTT).
The order also provides restrictions preventing visitors from drinking alcohol, gambling, or playing loud music while in the cemetery premises.