Makati to build public columbarium offering free cremation, inurnment
Makati Mayor Abby Binay on Thursday announced that the city government would build a public columbarium offering free cremation and inurnment services to city residents.
Binay said the columbarium was intended to relieve the bereaved family of the burden of costly funeral expenses and to provide an innovative solution to the shortage of interment space in the city.
“Our city engineers, architects, and urban planners have already drawn up a site development plan for the construction of the columbarium. Makatizens can look forward to a worry-free and cost-free yet decent way of laying their loved ones to rest,” the mayor said.
She said the columbarium would be built on a 4,000-square meter property along Kalayaan Avenue in Barangay Valenzuela that used to be the Makati Catholic Cemetery.
“Apart from free cremation and inurnment services, we will make provisions for a viewing area where family and friends of the deceased can gather to pay their respects before the ashes are placed inside the crypt or vault,” Binay said.
The mayor assured Makati residents that the facility would have people-friendly and environment-friendly features that promote safety, convenience, and sustainability.
“Its landscaping will also inspire tranquility and dot the concrete skyline with a refreshing patch of greenery,” she said.
According to the site development plan from the city engineering department, four three-story buildings with landscaping and parking areas will be constructed.
The two front buildings will have a guest or viewing area, concessionaires, PWD lift, and comfort rooms at the ground floor, and about 3,276 columbarium vaults, PWD lift, and comfort rooms at the second and third floors.
The building at the back, which will hold about 14,108 urn vaults, will also have a lobby or lounge, concessionaires, PWD lift, and comfort rooms at the ground floor, and more columbarium vaults, comfort rooms, and PWD lift on the second and third levels.
At the center of the lot will be the chapel and administration building of the columbarium, which will also hold the office and the crematorium, plus comfort rooms and pantry.
Each urn vault will be made of aluminum frame and box, inside glass cover with key lock, granite cover on the perimeter, and granite lock and screw cap for better hold. Book-type urns will be used for economy of space.
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