Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has signed an ordinance penalizing any funeral home that would refuse deceased COVID-19 patients.

Ordinance No. 8628 also fines funeral homes that would overprice coffins and overcharge cremation and burial services, Domagoso said in a Facebook Live broadcast on Wednesday, April 15.

“All funeral homes or funeral service facilities operating in the City of Manila are mandated to provide logistical and transportation support to deceased COVID-19 patients whether positive or probable,” the ordinance read.

Domagoso said the business permit of a funeral home will be suspended should it fail to provide the mandated logistical and transportation support to a deceased COVID-19 patient.

If the funeral service facility violates the ordinance for the second time, the Mayor said the business permit of the facility will not only be suspended but also cancelled.

This is in line with the Mayor’s CODE COVID-19 (Contain and Delay) action plan which supports the national government’s measures to contain the spread of the virus.