By: Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
“Salubungin natin at ipagdiwang ang bagong taon ng ligtas at puno ng pasasalamat sa Poong Maykapal,” Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia today stated.
“Hindi pa po tapos ang ating laban sa Covid-19. Let us continue to follow health protocols and ensure that everyone in our family is vaccinated as protection to the omicron virus.”
Valencia also reminded residents to avoid purchasing illegal fireworks. “Although there are some fireworks that are allowed for sale, you should think twice before spending hard earned money on them,” Valencia stated.
“Kailangan tayong maging maingat sa pagkakagastusan ngayong taon dahil hindi pa tapos ang pandemya at maraming importanteng bagay na dapat bigyan ng prayoridad kaya mas makabubuting iwasan ang pagbili ng mga paputok upang makaiwas na rin sa disgrasyang dala nito.”
Executive Order No. 28, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, bans individuals from using firecrackers or setting up their own fireworks displays during “events of personal, religious, cultural, and national importance,” especially during New Year’s Eve.
The order also prohibits the illegal manufacture, use and sale of the Super Lolo, Atomic Big, Triangulo, Mother Rockets, Lolo Thunder, Five Star, Og, Pla-Pla, Pillbox, Watusi, Piccolo, Giant Whistle Bomb, Big Judah’s Belt, Large Bawang, Bosa, Goodbye Philippines, Goodbye Earth, Bin Laden, Coke in Can, Kabasi, including overweight firecrackers with more than 0.2 grams or 1/3 teaspoon of explosives, as well as those with short fuses or those that detonate in less than three seconds but no more than six seconds.
Likewise, firecrackers without labels and those which contain sulfur or phosphorous combined with chlorates are also prohibited.
“We have been promoting “only fireworks community displays”, provided of course they have authorization of their local government unit.” Valencia added.
He also reiterated the health department’s directive discouraging the use of horns and whistles, especially by kids, to prevent the spread of the corona virus which is through airborne or respiratory droplets. “Bantayan po natin ang mga bata dahil madalas ay ipinapagamit sa kanilang kalaro ang kanilang torotot at pito at dito nagkakaroon ng di maiiwasang transmisyon ng mikrobyo.”
CALABARZON recorded a total of 5 cases of fireworks-related injury last year.
“Let us continue to live safe and healthy, away from any firework devices. Gawin nating makabuluhan ang pagsalubong ng bagong taon kasama ang ating pamilya,” he emphasized. (mtvn)