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PBBM instructs LGUs to prepare common areas for a fireworks display.

On Thursday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. requested local government units (LGUs) to prepare a commonplace in their respective communities for the display of fireworks during the New Year’s celebrations.

Marcos took the decision in an effort to lower the number of accidents involving fireworks in the nation.

“Ang gawin na lang natin ay (What I will do) I will enjoin the LGUs, instead of allowing our citizens to possess their own fireworks, gumawa na lang kayo ng magandang fireworks display para sa inyong mga constituent,” he said in a chance interview after overseeing the distribution of Christmas gifts and livelihood assistance to children and families in Manila.

In order to prevent casualties, Marcos also urged Filipinos to abstain from using illegal firecrackers.

This came as he issued a warning about the risks and negative consequences on one’s health of the careless and careless use of firecrackers.

“Huwag tayong magpaputok at alam natin kung minsan delikado ‘yan,” Let’s avoid using firecrackers since they are risky, especially now that there are illicit sellers who will sell firecrackers that could threaten lives, Marcos said. “Lalo ngayon at maglalabas sila ng mga paputok na hindi natin alam kung saan galing, kung maayos ang pagkagawa,” he added.

According to statistics from recent years, the officer-in-charge of the Department of Health (DOH), Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, highlighted a decline in firecracker-related injuries in the nation on Tuesday.

Injuries caused by fireworks were reported in about 122 cases in 2020 and 128 cases in 2021, according to Vergeire.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has previously warned the public not to purchase dangerous illicit firecrackers.

The PNP is currently intensifying its efforts in order to perform cyber patrol, seize, and destroy prohibited fireworks and pyrotechnics.

The action intends to make sure that manufacturers, sellers, and dealers in firecrackers and pyrotechnics adhere to the implementing rules and regulations outlined in Republic Act (RA) 7183 and Executive Order (EO) 28.

According to RA 7183, anyone found making, selling, distributing, or using illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics faces a fine of PHP20,000 to PHP30,000, up to a year in prison, the revocation of their license and business permission, and the seizure of their inventory.

To prevent the injuries and fatalities that are reported every year, EO 28 promulgates stronger rules and regulations for the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

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