QUEZON CITY – Quezon City residents are urged to observe the total ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices and instead observe safety during New Year celebrations, a report by the Manila Standard said.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte said people should prioritize safety in celebrating the New Year’s Eve even though firecrackers have become a part of tradition in welcoming another year.
Imposed in 2017, City Ordinance No. SP 2618 prohibits the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic items in all public areas of the city.
“Let’s totally cease using these kinds of harmful devices. The drop of firecracker-related injuries since last year was commendable, but there are still some who still make use of them,” Belmonte said.
Let us aim for zero casualties this year. I think it is possible if everyone will be responsible to adhere to our existing ordinance and report those who will sell and use firecrackers,” she added.
Belmonte made the pronouncement after Quezon City Third District Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes called on volunteer firemen on board fire trucks to roam around the streets to ensure safety of residents during the festivities.
Reyes also said that barangay ambulances should be on standby to attend to injured victims during the New Year celebration.
Prior to his pronouncement, he met with fellow councilors Victor Ferrer Jr., Allan Francisco, Eufemio Lagumbay, and Ranulfo Ludovica to discuss measures aimed at public safety, among others.