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Uhaw Public Cemetery gets rehab and new name

During  a recent press conference hosted by the GenSan City Mayor’s Office, Mayor Jun Acharon announced the city’s plan to improve the Uhaw Public Cemetery located at Barangay Fatima, beside the highway leading to the airport.

The Uhaw Public Cemetery (named after the desert-like barren district where it is situated), is the city’s biggest public cemetery, at 5.9 hectares and has been existing for over twenty years now, since the closing down of the old Alunan Cemetery in downtown Dadiangas.

Due to the city’s ever-growing populace, and with it, the increasing number of natural deaths among the sick and the aged, Uhaw has gotten too crowded and cluttered.  As proof, this is how it looks from above, in this aerial photo provided by the City Housing and Land Management Office.

An aerial view of the Uhaw Public Cemetery. The National Highway is at the left side.
“An aerial view of the Uhaw Public Cemetery. The National Highway is at the left side.”

Thus, City Mayor Jun Acharon designated a Task Force to handle the improvement of the Uhaw Public Cemetery, which will get a new name – the General Santos City Memorial Park.  The offices assigned to implement their plans are the City Mayor’s Office, the City Housing and Land Management Office, the City General Services Office and the City Health Office.

Eventually, the group came out with a proposal, which will require a capitalization of P22 million for the initial phase. Below are artist’s renditions of the new General Santos City Memorial Park.

Top view of the proposed Gen. Santos City Memorial Park
Top view of the proposed Gen. Santos City Memorial Park

This time, the new cemetery will have wider access roads around and within the vicinity.  The existing skeletal remains of the departed there will be transferred to rest in apartment-type niches, twin-type layer niches, or double-type niches.  Same with the new ones.

There will also be a bone chamber for unclaimed or unidentified skeletal remains.

For the Muslims, the Mayor has also identified a portion of the cemetery for their dead at the rear-end of the property.

The proposed GenSan City Memorial Park

“The proposed GenSan City Memorial Park”

For those who can afford it, lots are available for chapel-type mausoleums, like the one below:

Design of a Chapel Mausoleum for the proposed Gen. Santos City Memorial Park

“Design of a Chapel Mausoleum for the proposed Gen. Santos City Memorial Park”

And of course, being a memorial park, it should have a gate which must look like this:

The Gate of the proposed General Santos Memorial Park.

“The Gate of the proposed General Santos Memorial Park.”

So there.  Let us just hope that this plan comes into fruition soonest possible to give the average “general” an affordable and presentable resting place for himself and his loved ones.  Kudos to the city government for this project.

So now, first question?

Your queries may be sent here and answered by the office involved within the next 48 hours or so.

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  1. rabsky says:

    amazing project! sa wakas. at least mapaganda na din ang public cemetery. 😀
    .-= rabsky´s last blog ..Cory Aquino dies =-.

  2. fahdingding says:

    Sa WAKAS! I saw this news sa TV Patrol Socsksargen pa! yepey!

  3. fahdingding says:

    good thing may place din para sa mga MUSLIMS! Banat na MAYOR PBA!

  4. Zarena T.Capili says:

    GOOD to hear that..and nice project but me dati na kming patay dyan
    w/c have a gud location pano? and how we can avail the new slot???/
    good to hear a reply from u guys..have a gud day

  5. white_knight says:

    This is really a great news especially to those who can’t afford to buy a lot in a leading commercial memorial park here in Gensan. If this will push true, this will be of great service and legacy of Mayor Acharon to the people of Gensan. And also for changing the name of “Uhaw Cemetery” into a better, more dignified name “General Santos Memorial Park” is quite commendable as well. Since we filipino’s love dearly our departed love ones, it’s only fitting that we have a descent public cemetery like this were their is order and nice looking cemetery. I suggest if the local government can get a lot somewhere in Mabuhay or other places with a bigger area, say 100 hectares then its a better for future preparation avoid another relocation. Uhaw cemetery as of today is a bit good and accessible but sooner it will become densely populated.

  6. fahdingding says:

    Nice Suggestion White Knight!

  7. orman says:

    well, it’s about time!
    .-= orman´s last blog ..Gensan’s Most Influential People =-.

  8. Slaz says:

    That’s a good plan to renovate and improve the gensan public cemetery or the gensan city memorial park. I salute our gov’t officials for that proposed project. Thumbs up!

  9. jocelyn dumaguit says:

    Salamat at may pag-asa na ring mailipat sa mas maayos na libingan ang mahal namin sa buhay. Tanong ko lang po kung available na ba ang mga nitso para sa lumang libing? Saang office at tamang tao po kami makipagtransact para maisaayos ang paglipat ng mga remains? May marked na number na po kasi ang 2 nitso ng mahal namin sa buhay. Salamat, at sana po ay masagot ang mga tanong ko dahil nag-aalala na po kami.

  10. Susan says:

    Naayos na ba ang mga libing? When is the construction start?
    Please send as information at kung sino and incharge para maisaayos ang paglipat ng mga remains?

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