The Valencia City Task Force Against Covid-19 has released a statement clarifying Media Reports of a “Mass Grave” in Valencia City. It stated that the use of the term is misleading. It asserted that there are no mass graves in the city and Covid-19 fatalities are buried in individual graves at the New Valencia City Memorial Park.

Read the statement below.

This is to clarify national media reports circulating of an alleged “Mass Grave” in Valencia City where the remains of Covid-19 related deaths are supposedly buried.

The use of the term is misleading. A mass grave is a grave containing multiple human corpses.

There are no mass graves in Valencia City.

What the City Government is utilizing as the new burial site for Covid-19 related deaths is the New Valencia City Memorial Park at Sitio Sta. Cruz, Purok 4, Poblacion, Valencia City. It is a new government cemetery, not a mass grave.

The remains of the Covid-19 fatalities are buried in individual graves in the said Memorial Park in accordance with the provisions of the Code on Sanitation of the Philippines (PD 856) and other supplemental guidelines issued by the DOH. Moreover, the remains had to be buried within 12 hours as mandated by law.

What the story sought to highlight is the undeniable fact that Covid-19 related deaths are on the rise in Valencia City like everywhere else in the country. As such, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others by observing all health protocols and getting vaccinated.

Protect yourself. Save lives. Get vaccinated.

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