Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental Police Offices are on high alert for the upcoming New Year. All hospitals and medical personals are also attentive for any incidents that will happen before and during the traditional explosives of New Year this Tuesday.
In a statement, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging local government units (LGUs) and has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to target zero-firecracker injuries this holiday season by sustaining the implementation of national and local policies regulating the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
New Year Incidents
Based on data provided by the Philippine National Police, 307 firecracker-related incidents nationwide were recorded in January 2019. In 2018 there were 449 incidents, and 2017 had 652 incidents. Over the years, there are also far fewer cases of stray bullet casualties.
Firecrackers and Fireworks in Dumaguete City
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo has designated the open area of RUSI Ballfield for vendors to sell firecrackers. There venders could sell the non-prohibited pyrotechnics where safety is guaranteed near a hospital with standby fire engines to suppress possible conflagration and explosions.
Among the prohibited fireworks for this new year are: Piccolo, Watusi, Giant Whistle Bomb, Giant Bawang, Large Judas Belt, Super Lolo, Lolo Thunder, Atomic Bomb, Atomic Bomb Triangulo, Pillbox, Boga, Kwiton, Goodbye Earth, Goodbye Bading, Hello Columbia, and Goodbye Philippines.