The Department of Health (DOH) has urged the public to avoid buying and using firecrackers in their households as Christmas festivities approach.
As early as November, Filipinos start buying firecrackers in Bocaue, Bulacan, a place known for these, in preparation for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The DOH, however, discourages this practice as it advocates regulated use of firecrackers.
“It is not a ban on firecrackers. It is just regulated use [of the firecrackers],” Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial clarified.
She said the DOH is not stopping production, it is just minimizing the number of injuries.
“The ones that will be lighting up the firecrackers and using them will be trained professionals and in controlled areas,” according to Ubial.
This set-up, she said, is ideal to immediately address casualties in case of injuries.
The Health department allows firecrackers for personal use only but pyrotechnics are okay, Ubial added.
The Health secretary said President Rodrigo Duterte is supporting the regulation of firecracker use.
An Executive Order on regulated use of firecrackers is expected before December 5.