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Alvarado pushes for strict implementation of Firecrackers Law
Thursday, 08 December 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS-Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado emphasized the need for the strict implementation of R.A. 7183 that regulates the sale, distribution and use of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices to ensure public safety and to protect the fireworks industry.

“As mandated by the law, PNP should strengthen the implementation of monitoring and seizing the smuggled imported fireworks. Ang mga iligal na paputok ang kadalasang nagiging sanhi ng disgrasya. Bukod diyan, ito rin ang pumapatay sa industriya ng paputok na bumubuhay sa marami nating kababayan,” said Alvarado.

Alvarado issued this statement after visiting some firecracker manufacturers and stalls in Bocaue together with Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona accompanied by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, DOH Asec. Eric Tayag and Mayor Jonjon Villanueva in Bocaue, Bulacan yesterday.

Known as the “Firecrackers Capital” of the country, Sec. Ona launches the DOH’s firework-injury reduction campaign dubbed as “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction” or APIR in Bocaue where more than 20 fireworks manufacturers and more than 120 dealers are registered according to the local government.

“APIR focuses on the complete set of five fingers representing five reminders to prevent injury and be safe while celebrating holidays. Una, mapanganib ang paggamit ng paputok. Ikalawa, lahat ng paputok ay bawal sa bata. Ikatlo, Umiwas sa mga taong nagpapaputok. Ikaapat, huwag mamulot ng mga ‘di sumabog na paputok at ikalima, magpagamot kaagad kapag naputukan,” explained Ona.

Ona also enjoined all the citizens to participate in the creation of Community Fireworks Displays where in local government officials will designate areas for safe and responsible use of fireworks in each community.

Alvarado demonstrated support in this project by inviting the people to watch the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fireworks display on December 9 to be held in front of the Provincial Capitol building.

As of January 5, 2011, there are only 27 cases of injuries caused by the use of fireworks reported in Bulacan out of the 300 cases recorded in Region III. ###

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