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Fewer Firecracker Injuries This Year

Firecracker-related injuries are fewer this year compared to that of last year, notes Health Secretary Francisco Duque. The Department of Health recorded 164 injuries from December 21 to early morning January 01 – said to be 35% less during the same comparable period last year.

“We would like to think that Executive Order No. 28 has an impact as it did for the last 2 years in 2017, 2018 and continuing on to 2019,” states Health Secretary Francisco Duque, in an article by ABS CBN News. Read more: Firecracker injuries decline in welcome to New Year’s Day 2020, an article by ABS CBN News.

Since the implementation of Executive Order No. 28 in 2017, there is a decline in firework injuries. EO No. 28 s.2017 is an executive order providing for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

“What is the instrument of achieving (zero casualty)? Its banning it just like all other countries have banned the use of fireworks,” adds Duque. He also notes that legal fireworks are causing more injuries than illegal ones. This includes the following firecrackers: kuwitis, luces, fountain, piccolo and baby rocket (only piccolo is illegal in those listed).

Duque is hopeful that the Duterte administration will create a legacy of an absolute ban of fireworks.

“We hope that the administration of President Duterte will be able to create a legacy of an absolute ban of fireworks so that we will have zero injury. We have the moral ascendancy to lead the way in crafting a bill for Congress to consider after we shall have consulted all the would-be affected sectors,” Duque concludes.


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