SOME 1,800 government and private hospitals are ready to treat people who will be injured in the coming New Year celebration, which is usually characterized by high incidents of firecracker-related injuries, Presidential Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma said on Sunday.
“At present, some 1,800 hospitals nationwide are in the thick of preparation, including the 721 government hospitals that are under the direct supervision of the Department of Health,” Coloma said.
The official called on the public to heed the call of the Health department against the use of powerful firecrackers on New Year’s eve.
“We keep on reminding the people about the dangers posed by these firecrackers but every year, many are still injured, some lost their fingers and some lost even their lives… that’s why the President and the entire government are seeking the cooperation of the community to ensure a peaceful and safe [revelry],” Coloma said.
Taguig City took the government’s warning to heart by intensifying its campaign against the sale and use of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic products.
Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano warned that violators face criminal charges and the revocation of their business permits and other licenses.
“While fireworks add to the festivity, they can be dangerous, especially the illegal ones. So we are doing what we can to ensure the safety of the public by disallowing the sale of illegal firecrackers,” she said.
“Although it has always been the responsibility of our police to be on the lookout, to be on guard, I think that it’s also really necessary to have a well informed public,” she added.
The mayor also warned against the use of firearms or engaging in indiscriminate firing during the New Year eve revelry.
“Those who will engage in this illegal and destructive activity will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” she warned.
According to Taguig City Chief of Police Senior Superintendent Annie Bodanio, a caravan is going around Taguig to inform the people of safe alternatives to welcome the New Year.
Despite the warnings, the local government directed all hospitals and health centers to make sure that there will be ample doctors and personnel to attend to peole who will sustain injuries during the revelry.
JOEL M. SY EGCO and RITCHIE A. HORARIO