They must be placed in cadaver bags -- for burial and future identification, the same source, who requested anonymity, said.
Earlier, a report said that 1,400 unidentified bodies that were placed in cadaver bags were not yet buried in San Isidro village of Tacloban City.
Urging morticians and funeral parlors to view this as a public service and not as a business, Tolentino requested each member of the 400-strong PMA to provide 500 cadaver bags.
For their services, Tolentino said the government would pay them back with the barangays (villages) expected to pay for the cadaver bags used in their respective areas.
"Local Department of Health officials have facilitated the provision of 150 cadaver bags
as requested by regional health authorities," the agency said.
The PIA said there were also allegations that corrupt local officials were hoarding imported relief goods, swapping them with local relief packs "hidden inside cadaver bags
While the BFP has been tasked to find the bodies and put them in cadaver bags
, the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) were the ones supposed to pick them up and identify them.
We measure the body and then they are placed in cadaver bags
9, other ships and air assets were carrying everything from cadaver bags
to medicines to food, as well as communications equipment, fuel and personnel to Roxas; Kalibo, Aklan; San Jose, Antique; Guiuan, Eastern Samar; northern Panay; northern Palawan (including Coron); Negros Island; Masbate; and Cebu City.
"There was a report that the reason why the bodies [were] not being handled [was] because there was a lack of cadaver bags
According to the MMDA chief, the teams are equipped with chainsaws, floating pumps, generator sets, tents, tool sets, trauma kits, and cadaver bags
. They also brought a mobile water treatment plant.