President Aquino lauds PNP for helping lower New Year celebration casualties

January 3, 2016 7:17 am 

MANILA, Jan. 2 — The Philippine National Police (PNP) was lauded by President Benigno S. Aquino III for its efforts in significantly lowering the casualties during the New Year's revelries.

“Congratulations and please pass the JOB WELL DONE to all. HAPPY NEW YEAR," Aquino's text message to PNP Director General Ricardo C. Marquez said.

Effective law enforcement was instrumental in the “all-time low” casualty record for the 2016 New Year's celebrations.

In his text message to Marquez, the Chief Executive cited the report of Health Secretary Janette Garin on New Year’s day that showed only 384 medical emergency cases recorded by Department Of Health (DOH).

“The confiscations done by PNP helped a lot,” the DOH chief said.

These cases, Aquino said was 57 percent lower than the 5-year average, and 53 percent lower than the recorded cases in 2015.

DOH hospitals performed only nine amputations and noted zero cases of firecracker ingestion, Garin reported.

She attributed the steep reduction in firecracker-related injuries to effective law enforcement by the PNP against prohibit`ed firecrackers.

For his part, Marquez extended President Aquino’s congratulations to all PNP units down the line thru an official SMS sent out by the National Operations Center to all PNP regional, provincial and municipal police stations and precincts down the line.

Aquino earlier directed the PNP to strictly enforce the nationwide ban on outlawed firecrackers and indiscriminate firing of guns during the holiday season.

Reports collected by the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City recorded the arrest of nine persons for alleged indiscriminate firing of guns at the height of the Christmas and New Year revelry.

The PNP also reported the arrest of 22 persons for possession and sale of prohibited firecrackers, and the confiscation of Php1,127,629 worth of prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

To complement aggressive law enforcement operations, the PNP, mainly thru the efforts of the Directorate for Police Community Relations under Director Wilfredo Franco and the Public Information Office under Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor launched a massive public information and awareness drive in support of the DOH campaign against firecrackers.

The early campaign, operations and surprise inspections of the PNP on different fireworks selling establishments helped a lot to reduce the firecrackers and stray bullet incidents.

The PNP encouraged the public post or upload videos and pictures in the social media of persons who used firearms in celebration of New Year or report to the nearest police station for immediate investigation and action. (PNA)

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