By Roel Amazona and Sarwell Meniano
Philippine News Agency
TACLOBAN CITY — The public cemetery in Naval, the capital of Biliran province has its fresh face after the cleanup drive and repainting of over 600 tombs sponsored by the local government.
The local government has deployed 52 volunteers to clean the public cemetery and repaint the tombs with all white using 40 gallons of paint.
Authorities said there are around 1,000 graves inside the cemetery and those which were bare were given priority to be repainted.
“Giving our cemetery a better look is our way of showing respect to the dead. We will also provide a gravestone for each tomb for those who cannot afford,” Naval town Mayor Gerard Espina Jr said.
The provision of the free grave markers will be done after consultation with the families to confirm the names of those buried in specific graves.
The local government started the three-day cleanup and repainting activity on October 26. Among the participants were street-sweepers, watchmen, mayor’s office staff, and members of Naval Youth Club.
Netizens, especially those who will be unable to make it to their home province on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, praised the local government for this initiative.
“Thank you, mayor for the good job. My mom is buried there and they are happy that their tomb is cleaned and (painted) white,” said Flhor Hernandez Ado who now lives in Malate, Manila.
All Saints’ Day or Undas is a day to remember the departed. Filipinos customarily visit the tombs and graves of their deceased family members. They often spend time before the observance repairing and cleaning these tombs. (PNA)