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Designated fireworks zones urged



THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is urging local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to designate fireworks display zones in their respective localities for the New Year’s Eve revelry.

“Setting up a common fireworks display zone can prevent or lessen fireworks-related injuries,” said MMDA Acting Chairman Romando S. Artes in a statement on Thursday.

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 88 fireworks-related injuries as of Thursday, 96% of which occurred at home or in the streets, mostly involving males. Illegal fireworks accounted for over half of the incidents.

The report identified firecrackers like boga, 5-Star, piccolo, pla-pla, and whistle bomb, as well as fireworks like kwitis and luces as accounting for seven out of every 10 (68%) injuries.

In terms of regional distribution, the DoH said the National Capital Region (NCR) recorded the highest number of cases at 31.35%.

Following NCR were Central Luzon at 11.12% and Ilocos Region at 10.11%. The Bicol Region, Davao Region, and Region 12 each recorded a 5.6% share.

The MMDA said that it has reminded NCR mayors regarding the authority’s resolution on designated firework zones during the recent Metro Manila Council meeting, reiterating Republic Act No. 7183 which regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

“It is a tradition to use firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices during the holiday season. There is undeniably a significant number of firecracker-related injuries, casualties, and accidental fires recorded every year in Metro Manila related to the indiscriminate and unregulated use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices,” the resolution stated.

Also, the MMDA reminded the public to dispose of garbage, particularly used and unused firecrackers, properly to avoid accidents, fires, and injuries. — Jomel R. Paguian


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