The Municipality of Murcia held the groundbreaking ceremonies for a new public cemetery at Brgy. Caliban and a sanitary landfill at Brgy. Cansilayan on Tuesday, February 15.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson and 3rd District Board Member Manuel Frederick “Manman” Ko were the guests of honor during the rites, which were led by Murcia Mayor Gerry Rojas, Vice Mayor Johnny Reosura and the Sangguniang Bayan members.
Lacson congratulated Rojas and other town officials for “these milestone achievements, which can tremendously benefit Murciahanons.” He also assured that the provincial government is always willing and ready to help in Murcia’s continued development”.
He also congratulated the mayor for procuring the two properties at easy payment terms for the town, as the new cemetery is near the town proper and along the national highway, while the landfill site was purchased and is already fully paid without the town having to secure a bank loan, a press release from Murcia said.
“This new cemetery is a dream-come-true for Murcahanons. I have been in public service for the past 17 ½ years now. Even when I was still a town councilor, the problem of the congested public cemetery has been existing. Under this administration, we now break ground for this new cemetery, which can provide a decent resting place for the remains of our loved ones,” Rojas said.
The mayor also thanked Joseph Lufkin and the Dela Peňa family for selling, at a very fair price and easy payment terms, their properties for the cemetery and landfill, respectively.
The cemetery will include a chapel and a forest park,” Rojas said.
The town also donated 3,000 sqm at the site for the Brgy. Caliban Barangay Hall and Covered Court, which will start construction very soon, the press release said.*