City posts zero fireworks injuries from New Year celebrations

Puerto Princesa city celebrates New Year with an unprecedented record of zero injuries from firecrackers (file photo)

Puerto Princesa City, with a population of about a quarter of a million who celebrated the New Year, posted an unprecedented record of zero injuries from firecrackers, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Monday.

Local authorities credited the development from President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order #28 which imposed strict regulations on the use of pyrotechnic devices and firecrackers.

“We think President Duterte’s executive order really helped a lot in preventing any firework-related injury. We could say it’s generally a peaceful celebration of the New Year,” Police Senior Inspector Pearl Lamban-Marzo, spokesperson of the CPO, said Monday morning.

She related that based on information gathered from hospitals in the city, no firecracker- or firework-related injury was brought for treatment on or before the eve of the New Year celebration.

“We checked with the hospitals, particularly Ospital ng Palawan (ONP), and no one was brought for any firecracker-related injury. The celebration of the New Year was really peaceful in Puerto Princesa,” she said.

Except for the confiscation of two pieces of boga, traditional noisemaker canon made from PVC pipe using piezo igniter, and pieces of five star from young boys, no other confiscation of any banned firework was recorded.

“There were violations, meaning people still using banned fireworks inside their home perimeters, but generally, no injury was recorded. The confiscations of the boga were from kids who probably do not know they’re banned,” she added.

Of 66 barangays in Puerto Princesa, 37 responded to the enforcement of the EO by identifying designated areas for community fireworks display.

The CPO expressed gratefulness to barangay officials and the residents of the city for heeding Executive No. 28 that was issued by President Duterte in June 2017.

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