AT LEAST 60 firecracker-related injuries were recorded in Central Luzon as folks welcomed the New Year from December 31 to January 1.
This was reported by the Police Regional Office (PRO)– Central Luzon noting that the number is lower compared to the 90 incidents that were recorded during the same period last year.
No fatal casualties caused by firecrackers or stray bullets were likewise noted in Central Luzon.
Meanwhile, ten individuals were reportedly arrested across the region for violating the illegal sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices law, while one was collared for illegal discharge of a firearm in Olongapo City.
PRO-Central Luzon Director Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia said that the numbers could be attributed to the series of inspections conducted by the regional police command group and staff together with the different provincial and city police offices among firecracker manufacturers and stores.
He also cited the massive information drive and campaign initiated by the Philippine National Police (PNP) together with the different government agencies on the need to regulate or avoid the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices along with the widest dissemination of the “designated firecracker zones” imposed by local government units.
During the holiday period, the PNP exercised maximum deployment of its personnel wherein almost 6,000 police were deployed region-wide which also contributed to the decrease of incidents during the entire festivities.
He furthered that no firearm of PNP personnel was involved in indiscriminate firing during the eve and the actual celebration of New Year.
“I commend the entire Central Luzon police force for a job well done, putting aside their personal convenience and comfort in exchange for a peaceful, safe and injury-free holiday celebration. Your police in Central Luzon also appreciate the continuous cooperation and support of our stakeholders and the general public which immensely contributed to a safe merriment,” Sermonia said.