TAGBILARAN CITY – Despite the authorities’ call to avoid the traditional use of firecrackers in revelries this Christmas, still revelers did it but this city attained zero accidents, reports said. Earlier, health authorities warned the public over firecracker-related incidents during this Christmas season and the coming New Year. The report said that there were lesser “paputok” and sale of firecrackers this season as a result of city Mayor Baba Yap’s move on no-issuance of permits to traders.
But traders managed to secure firecrackers supply from believed to be underground sources, city hall sources said. Some small-time sellers said in an interview yesterday that their make-shift firecracker tienda along the national highway of Taloto district were ordered dismantled by city hall. They appealed to city hall to allow them to sell their firecrackers for this season following the reported go-signal of barangay officials of Taloto, one of the sellers, who refused to be named, said.
But children in some areas visited by DYTR find other means to substitute firecrackers. They invented what they call “boga-boga” made of canned goods container and converted into a cannon of sort by using denatured alcohol. Meanwhile, hospitals remain on “white alert” during this season when potential incidents caused by firecracker explosion are expected. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cabagnot said that the white alert is like “signal no. 1” when typhoon is forthcoming to caution the public.
It means that hospitals are placed to be always prepared, such as emergency medicines are fully available, stocked at the emergency room. But Dr. Cabagnot said the best way is to avoid using firecrackers in celebrating Christmas or New Year so no harm could inflict on them. This year’s drive dubbed “Mahalaga ang Buhay, Iwasan ang Paputok,” is being launched by the Department of Health.