Davao Mayor Sara Duterte lauds authorities, Davaoeños for zero firecracker casualty

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 1 (PNA) -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte lauded Davaoeños for following the firecracker ban as the city registered zero firecracker injuries or deaths during the New Year's revelry.

For the last 15 years of welcoming a New Year, Davaoeños have been using traditional ways in making noise to drive away bad luck through blowing of car horns, tying pans in the rear of vehicles, playing loud music and shouting "Happy New Year" to neighbors.

This year, hundreds went to Rizal Park for the Torotot Festival organized by Smart Communications in collaboration with the city government.

The countdown for 2017 at Rizal Park was attended by about 5,000 people.

This is the 4th Torotot Festival aimed at supporting the government's campaign against firecrackers use and anti-smoking.

"Davao is a proof that celebrations are possible even without firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials that could cause harm to us and to our children," she said in press statement released to the media through the City Information Office.

Mayor Duterte also credited the zero casualty to the strict implementation of the ban against firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials in Davao by the Davao City Police Office and Task Force Davao.

In the afternoon of December 31, police and Task Force Davao went around residential areas reminding people about the firecrackers ban and firing of firearms.

She thanked Davaoeños for cooperating and following the law and celebrating New Year in ways that are safe -- even without firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials.

The firecracker ban was implemented in 2002 by then mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, the Torotot Festival winners who competed for the Most Creative Torotot, Best Torotot-inspired Costume, Best Torotot-inspired Cosplay, Best Torotot-Hip Hop Dance Group, and Best Torotot-inspired Zumba Dancer received big prizes.

Except for the winner of the zumba competition who received PHP15,000, winners of the other contests each received P50,000. (PNA)

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