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
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
She thanked Davaoeños for cooperating and following the law and celebrating
New Year in ways that are safe -- even without firecrackers and pyrotechnic
The firecracker ban was implemented in 2002 by then mayor and now President
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
Except for the winner of the zumba competition who received PHP15,000,
winners of the other contests each received P50,000. (PNA)