Health officer favors reimplementation of firecrackers ban in Zambo

January 4, 2014 1:02 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 4 — City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said on Saturday he is in favor of the reimplementation of the ban on the sale, display and use of firecracker and pyrotechnic devices this year in this city.

Agbulos issued the statement after this city has registered zero injury during the New Year revelry as a result of the ban implemented last December.

Last December’s ban on the sale, display and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics was the first to be implemented here.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar cited last September’s 20-day standoff that brought untold trauma, stress and anxiety to all residents of this city as the main reason why she issued Executive Order BC-23-2013 temporarily suspending the display, sale and distribution for use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics during the Yuletide season in the city.

Due to the ban, Salazar also cancelled the holding of the city government-sponsored New Year countdown and fireworks display.

“Definitely yes, because when we talk about health aspect, we are very happy we have gained something out of the mayor’s EO,” Agbulos said when asked if he is in favor of a permanent ban on the use of firecrackers here.

Regional Surveillance Epidemiology Unit (RESU) head Dr. Norvie Jalani said there was one reported firecracker-related injury in this city, but the incident occurred last Dec. 29 and not during the New Year’s revelry.

This city has also registered zero casualty for stray bullet incident.

Agbulos noted that the New Year’s eve celebration was memorable since it was purely family gathering at home.(PNA)



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