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Friday, November 21, 2008


Mayor James Gordon, Jr. has signed Executive Order No. 56 on November 18, 2008 creating the “Anti-Firecracker Task Force”.

The Executive Order reminds the public that the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices on Christmas day and New Year’s day may cause serious injuries and endangers public health.

Mayor Gordon also ordered the Task Force to coordinate with the other government offices, institutions, entities or persons to achieve its purpose.

DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2007-165, in relation to Memorandum Circular No. 2002-188 and Republic Act 7183 mandates local government units to regulate, discourage or prohibit the sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices to the extent necessary to protect public welfare.

Mayor Gordon appointed Councilor Rodel Cerezo to be the chairperson of “Task Force Anti-Firecracker”. Its members are representatives of the City Health Office, Task Force Tourism, Task Force Virgo, Environmental Sanitation and Management Office, Department of Education, Olongapo City Police Office, Disaster Management Office, Public Affairs Office , Traffic Management and Public Safety , City Social Welfare and Development Office and DENR-CENRO.

It can be recalled that every year, firecracker users suffer serious physical injuries, such as finger losses, blindness and hand deformities.

In Olongapo, it has been noted that victims of firecrackers can afford to buy “paputok” but cannot pay for their hospital bills.

Mayor Gordon is encouraging the public to make use of alternative instruments such as “tambol, torotot and many others in welcoming the New year.

Meanwhile, a Drum Festival in Olongapo has been set on December 13, 2008, part of the campaign to encourage the use of “tambol” as alternative to firecrackers.


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  • Fumes pollute the air. That's one of your factors on banning fireworks?

    All motor vehicles produces fumes. And this happen year round. You should also ban them to protect your precious Olongapo City air.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/28/2008 10:47 PM  

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