ABOUT 1,800 government and private hospitals are ready to treat people who will be injured while celebrating New Year, when firecracker-related injuries traditionally spike, 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.
He 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,” Coloma said.
Taguig City took the government’s warning to heart by cracking down on the sale of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic products.
Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano warned that violators face criminal charges and the revocation of their business permits.
“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 said.
The mayor also warned against the celebratory firing of guns during the New Year’s eve revelry.
The Taguig police chief, S/Supt. Annie Bodanio, said a caravan is going around the city to inform the people of safe alternatives to welcome the New Year.