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Data on firecracker injuries will be shared between cops and the Department of Health.

Gen. Dionardo Carlos, the Philippine National Police (PNP) head, instructed police units to constantly coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) to synchronize data on firecracker-related injuries in their areas of authority on Wednesday.

“We’ve seen in the past that some victims, particularly those with minor injuries, don’t report to the PNP.” “These cases are not likely to be registered in our police blotter while hospitals or the Department of Health have taken note of them,” Carlos said in a statement.

This, according to the PNP, is to minimize contradictory statistics among government entities, which could lead to public confusion.

“Accurate data are critical for evaluating the success of our effort for a safe and orderly New Year’s Eve celebration. It won’t hurt if we double-check the numbers,” Carlos explained.

Carlos stated that the PNP is committed to Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao’s assertion that it is the PNP’s responsibility to implement rules governing the manufacture and use of fireworks by conducting inspections, confiscating, and destroying unlawful firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

Executive Order 28, signed by Duterte in 2017, regulates and controls the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. The usage of regulated firecrackers will be limited to community fireworks shows in the future.

The PNP and local governments, according to the DILG chairman, are responsible for enforcing national and municipal rules governing the manufacture and use of firecrackers through inspections, confiscation, and destruction of unlawful firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

Fines range from PHP20,000 to PHP30,000, incarceration ranges from six months to one year, license and business permit cancellation, and inventory stock confiscation are all possible penalties.

According to Duterte’s Memorandum Order No. 31, the PNP, in collaboration with local governments, the BFP, and other relevant agencies, is tasked with conducting inspections to ensure that manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and users of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices follow safety guidelines.

In preparation for the New Year’s celebration, the PNP has released a list of prohibited firecrackers/pyrotechnic devices (FC/PDs) that the public cannot use either within or outside firecracker zones or designated community fireworks display sites established by LGUs.

Baby rockets, bawang, el diablo, Judas’ belt, paper caps, tugging of strings, skyrocket, small triangulo, and other types that are not enormous, overweight, or imported are among the firecrackers that are regulated for sale and use.

The butterfly, fountain, jumbo regular and special, luces, Mabuhay, Roman candle, sparklers, trompillo, and whistle device, on the other hand, are pyrotechnic devices that can be sold and utilized.

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