Pres. Duterte Plans Total Ban on Firecrackers
DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is planning to “totally” ban firecrackers and fireworks by December 2021.
The Philippines has one of the longest celebrations of the Christmas season and there are really “traditions” that people include every year. Many Filipinos attend the simbang gabi, prepare for the noche buena for Christmas, and prepare firecrackers and fireworks for the New Year.
As early as September, Christmas songs are already played in public places like shopping malls. The people also start to plan out for gifts to buy for their loved ones and the food to prepare.
With regards to the New Year celebration which is highlighted by firecrackers and fireworks, in 2019, limitations on its use were issued. Even the Department of Health (DOH) campaigned to avoid its use.
However, undeniably, a lot of people are still into welcoming the new year with firecrackers and fireworks. A lot of people are selling it as well ahead of the celebration.
Recently, in his late-night briefing, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte spoke about the use of fireworks and firecrackers. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Chief Executive is planning to totally ban it by December 2021.
According to Pres. Duterte, he might issue the necessary documents needed for the total ban of firecrackers and fireworks by mid-year in 2021. He cited health and safety concerns.
“It’s really a dangerous thin, and for reasons of public safety and health,” he said.
Based on the report, the President cited the Christmas and New Year celebrations in Davao City. He stressed that people celebrated these events with their families and with music.
Back in 2001, when he was still the mayor of Davao, the now-President issued a ban on firecrackers and fireworks in his hometown. He stressed that not using these things during the celebration results to no one getting wounded or dying because of them.
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