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Bulacan, 24/7 watchful in welcoming the New Year
By: PPAO
Thursday, 27 December 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS - Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has placed the Bulacan Emergency Rescue units of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in a 24 hours alert in preparation to welcoming 2013.

He said firefighters and paramedics are also deployed in Bocaue and other towns like Sta. Maria and Baliwag where rows of firecracker stores are also located.

Giant tarpaulin billboards were also set up along the streets where fireworks stores reminding the public in the safe welcome of the New Year.

Meanwhile, traders of the traditional noisemakers are now praying for a “miracle”, hoping that revelers will trooped and swarm the rows of firecracker stores in Bocaue, particularly in Brgy. Turo, before the year 2012 ends.

“Matumal po talaga ngayong taon ang benta ng mga paputok kumpara noong nakaraang taon, maluwag pa rin ang daloy ng traffic dito sa Barangay Turo, dati halos hindi na makausad ang sasakyan dahil sa dami ng mga namimili ng paputok,” said Luisa Sayo, proprietor of “RT Sayo Fireworks”, one of the biggest and popular fireworks stores in Bocaue.

Despite the abnormal situation, she said that many traders are still hopeful that sales will go up before December 31.

Sayo shared that a new fireworks company is giving the popular “Dragon Fireworks” a stiff competition in the sales of Chinese-inspired aerial fireworks display.

“Diamond Fireworks” is giving the more popular “Dragon Fireworks” a run for their money. Mas bumebenta ang Diamond. Siguro dahil bago ang produkto at medyo mura kaysa sa iba,” she said.

Aside from “Diamond” and “Dragon Fireworks", other imported types of aerial displays are “Phoenix”, “Tiger”, Platinum” and “LF” fireworks brands.

But despite the competition between “Dragon” and “Diamond Fireworks”, the locally made “Kwitis” or skyrockets and “Sawa” remains the “best sellers.”

“Mas kura kasi kaysa sa mga imported na klase,” a local trader said.

Alvarado also reiterated that the public can call emergency hotlines : Bulacan Rescue (044) 791-0566, Bulacan BFP (o44) 796-2900 and Bulacan PNP (044) 662-0273.

“Lagi po tayong mag-ingat at sama-sama nating salabungin ang Bagong Taon na buo ang pamilya at taglay ang pananalig at biyaya ng Poong Maykapal,” the governor said. ###

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