Filipinos out of using firecrackers in welcoming the New Year
MANILA, Dec. 27 (PNA) -- From playing loud music to staging street
parties, Malacañang has offered the public alternative noisemakers so they
can celebrate the New Year safe and sound, instead of using the traditional
fun yet dangerous firecrackers.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. issued the statement four days
before the calendar changed in support of the Department of Health’s (DOH)
annual campaign against pyrotechnic materials.
“Ilang araw bago natin ipagdiwang ang pagsapit ng Bagong Taon, patuloy ang
panawagan ng pamahalaan sa lahat ng ating mga mamamayan na makiisa sa
pag-iwas sa paggamit ng makapaminsalang paputok at salubungin ang taong 2016
nang ligtas at malayo sa ano mang kapahamakan,” Coloma said over the
state-run Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
The DOH has released the slogan “Tetano ay Nakamamatay, Huwag Pasaway; Sa
Paputok May Goodbye” to discourage the public from using firecrackers and
other explosive devices as these often cause serious injuries that even lead
“Muli nating pinaaalalahanan ang mga kababayan, lalo’t higit ang mga
magulang na bantayan ang kanilang mga anak sa paggamit ng mga paputok, at
himukin silang gumamit ng mga alternatibo at ligtas na pamamaraan ng
pag-iingay tulad ng torotot, musika, kaldero at maging ang pagdaraos ng
kasiyahan sa kalye o ‘street parties’ bilang pagsalubong sa bagong taon,”
He said the DOH continues to work with the Department of Interior and Local
Government, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Philippine
National Police to prevent the sale of illegal firecrackers.
Public hospitals and other facilities nationwide would also remain on ‘Code
White,’ the highest alert level of DOH, which it has imposed since Dec. 21
to attend to those people who might need immediate medical attention during
the holiday period. (PNA)