By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1
VIGAN CITY- The decrease on firecracker-related incidents in Ilocos Sur was a result of the intensified advocacy campaign for a safe celebration of Yuletide season jointly initiated by the police and the provincial government here.
Dr. Trina Tabboga-Talaga, chief of the Ilocos Sur provincial hospital, said that most of the district hospitals in the province recorded zero firecracker-related incident.
From December 21, 2016, to January 3, 2017, Ilocos Sur hospitals recorded only seven incidents which is 65 percent lower than the 20 firecracker-related cases listed on December 21, 2015, to January 5, 2016.
Of the said number, three incidents were recorded during the Christmas celebration in the province while four incidents were during the New Year celebration. Meanwhile, the four firecrackers-related incidents in the New Year’s Eve revelry in the province were in the towns of Sto. Domingo – 1 due to kwitis; Sta. Lucia – 1 due to piccolo; Candon City – 1 due to piccolo; and Cervantes – 1 due to “Goodbye De Lima” firecracker.
Singson cited the effectiveness of “Bisikletahan” in their campaign for a safe celebration of New Year’s Eve through avoidance use of firecrackers to avoid injuries.
Before the Yuletide season, Senior Supt. Rey De Peralta, the Ilocos Sur police director, and Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson led more than 100 local bikers for the launching of the provincewide “Bisikletahan” 2016 to drumbeat the support from the public against the use of firecrackers and illegal drugs.
The bikers were also joined by the police, personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), and the local media.
“Our constituents have already learned the ill effects of using firecrackers in the past and I’m very glad that we celebrated a safe New Year’s Day of 2017,” Singson said.
Singson observed that most of the residents in the province had welcomed the New Year through the use of alternative sound-producing devices like trumpets or torotots and through the use of fireworks’ display.#