BAYAN MUNA: TRAIN LAW AFFECTS EVEN THE DEAD
Group calls for fasttracking of HB 3028
As All Souls Day draws nearer, we are reminded that the Tax Reform for Accelaration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law and the skyrocketing inflation affect not just the living but even the dead as well. The rise in inflation is not just fast eroding our purchasing power, but the rising price of goods is also driving the country’s cost of dying higher.
In Bayan Muna’s House Bill 3028, Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate proposed the grant of 50 percent discount in funeral services fees for the deceased whose family is indigent.
- “Hindi lang mga buhay ang nasasagasaan ng TRAIN, pero pati mga patay na rin. Sa minimum ay tumaas ng P1,000 ang funeral services sa ngayon, hindi pa kasama dito ang kabaong, lupa sa sementeryo at mismong pagpapalibing,” said the progressive solon. group calls
“Our bill also mandates that dead persons belonging to ‘extremely poor’ families should be given free funeral services,” added the Davao-based solon.
“As the technical working group tackles this measure when the House resumes its session on November, we hope that the House leaders would also fast track the bill’s passage so that poor families would not have to shell out more just to bury their loved ones. They are already grieving from their lost, it is doubly tragic that they should also be burdened to bury their dead,” ended Rep. Zarate.###