PNP chief lauds DOH, LGUs for
big drop in fireworks-related injuries
MANILA, Jan. 1 (PNA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director
General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa lauded on Sunday the Department of Health (DOH),
other government agencies and the local government units (LGUs) for the
successfully minimizing fireworks-related injuries.
This as Dela Rosa greeted everyone a “Happy New Year!”
"I would like to extend the congratulations of the Philippine National
Police to the Department of Health and other government agencies and local
government units for the resounding success of the national campaign to
minimize fireworks-related injuries this holiday season," Dela Rosa said in
a statement on Sunday.
"I am particularly pleased with the DOH report of a 60 percent reduction in
firecracker-related medical emergency cases recorded nationwide compared
with the 5-year average recorded since 2010," he added.
The PNP chief said that this noteworthy improvement can be attributed to the
vigilance of the police with the support of the community in enforcing
prohibitions against illegal firecrackers and indiscriminate firing of guns,
the heightened awareness of the public through government and NGO
information efforts, and the inter-agency coordination by health officials,
local governments and law enforcement.
"Let me also congratulate all police units for maintaining their vigilance
throughout the holiday season," Dela Rosa said.
"I would also like to thank the various government agencies as well as the
public for their continuous support and cooperation to the police," he
The Police Regional Offices (PROs) reported the arrest of 18 persons for
distribution and sale of illegal firecrackers.
Eleven 911 police emergency calls were received by the different PNP units
However, overall, the entire holiday season has been generally peaceful with
no serious untoward incidents reported by the PROs nationwide.
Although, the festive mood of the holiday season was marred by nine isolated
cases of stray bullet injuries and death, Dela Rosa said, the PNP has been
aggressive in law enforcement operations against indiscriminate firing of
guns and illegal discharge of firearms.
A total of 15 persons were arrested for gun-related offenses, among them, 13
civilians, one PNP and one Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel;
while 13 more persons (four PNP, nine civilians) are being sought and
investigated for illegal discharge of firearms.
"As I have fairly warned, PNP personnel found to have violated the specific
directive against indiscriminate firing and illegal discharge of firearms
shall face the full brunt of the PNP disciplinary system without prejudice
to criminal prosecution as warranted by evidence," Dela Rosa said.
"Civilian violators, on the other hand, shall be prosecuted accordingly," he