• Bataan cemetery eyed as public park

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    DINALUPIHAN, Bataan: The Catholic cemetery in barangay Kataasan here where burials were stopped six years ago will be developed similar to Paco Park in Manila, the parish priest said on Friday.

    Fr. Rene de Leon could not give details but merely said that an ossuary will probably be built around the perimeter of the cemetery and Holy Masses held in the planned park.

    The priest said the development was delayed because of some problems in the land title but that issue has already been resolved. “The diocese of Balanga is working on a new survey to segregate the barangay [village]roads that belong to the cemetery from the original title,” he said.

    The diocese will shoulder the expenses for the project, said de Leon, who is on his fifth year as parish priest of Dinalupihan.

    On the residents living around the cemetery, the priest asked them to give respect to the place, saying the area is still sacred ground. He asked them to make the area clean.

    “[It is] the people who can best maintain the cleanliness of the place so it will not pose hazard to the health who are the residents themselves,” he added.

    On the remaining tombs still intact, de Leon said the church is giving relatives the chance to transfer the bones to other burial grounds while a new land survey is being prepared.

    He added the cemetery was closed for burials because there is no space anymore to bury the dead.

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