DOH and Manila Officials Encourage Residents to Support Anti-Firecrackers Campaign

Time flies so fast that two weeks from now, we’re going to welcome the year 2016! I’m pretty sure this year’s countdown is no doubt going to be a spectacular one, as well!

Unfortunately, others welcome it with pain and sorrow due to firecracker-related accidents. In fact, in the article shared by Manila Bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) and Manila Local Government encourage residents not to use firecrackers and just use hornpipes or torotot in Tagalog to ensure safety.

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According to statistics gathered in the beginning of the year 2015, the firecracker-related injuries went up, due to piccolo, five star, pla-pla and boga, among others.

In line with this, the Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and the Department of Health introduced the anti-firecracker campaign named: “2015 Iwas Paputok Campaign” held at Balut, Tondo, Manila.

Furthermore, the DOH secretary Janette L.

Garin and Mayor Estrada joined forces and strongly recommend to use the following alternatives for a more peaceful Christmas and New Year.

  • musical instruments (drums, guitars, etc.)
  • pots and frying pans
  • car horns
  • videoke
  • loud stereos
  • coins

I know we want to welcome the New Year with a “bang” but let’s not be literal. We can welcome it peacefully by supporting the campaign.

Do you think the campaign is powerful enough to lessen the injuries this year?

Share your thoughts below!