REP. DUKE FRASCO
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FRASCO DIGNIFIED CASKET BILL TO MAKE FUNERALS AFFORDABLE FOR THE POOR
This holiday weekend, as the Filipino people honor their dearly departed loved ones when they say prayers of remembrance, Cebu 5th District Rep. Vincent Franco ‘Duke’ Frasco seeks the passage soon of House Bill 7846 setting a price ceiling of P12,000.00 for caskets for indigents.
“HB 7846 compassionately eases the financial burdens of grieving indigent Filipinos. When this bill becomes law, funeral parlors are required to make available for poverty-stricken families caskets worth P12,000.00 or less,” said Frasco, Chairman of the House Committee on Visayas Development.
Frasco had served as Cebu Port Authority Commissioner and as Mayor of Liloan town in Cebu for nine years. He is a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines award for public administration.
Frasco added that HB 7846 seeks to “regulate the funeral industry to widen their product range and rationalize their price range for caskets.”
This move by Frasco, if passed in the House, is seen to positively impact millions of low-income Filipino households burdened by exorbitant casket prices when a family member passes on.
Frasco said the bill “indirectly creates the product-price category of caskets for indigents.”
“As long as the caskets offered are still of good quality while also being affordable, then the casket makers and funeral parlors will still be able to make a reasonable profit while serving well their indigent clientele,” he explained.
Lead implementing agency would be the Department of Trade and Industry which will apply all relevant laws and regulations as regards product standards, trade regulation, and consumer protection.
“Collaboration is also needed with local governments to ensure effective implementation,” Frasco noted. (END)