Bureau of Fire Protection personnel inspect a fireworks store in Barangay Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan yesterday. Boy Santos

Central Luzon LGUs identify more firecracker zones
Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) - December 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — More firecracker zones have been identified in Central Luzon as the New Year celebration approaches.

Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, Central Luzon police director, said 303 areas were added to the list of firecracker zones in Pampanga, bringing the total number to 331, while seven were added to 194 earlier identified in Bulacan.

Paombong town in Bulacan has yet to designate any fireworks display area.

At least 92 fireworks zones were also identified in Nueva Ecija.

The number of fireworks display areas in Aurora remains at 23; Bataan, 68; Tarlac, 27; Zambales, 163, and Angeles, Pampanga, 14.

Corpus said most firecracker zones are in basketball courts, vacant lots, along the seashore and public markets.

“We appeal to the public to refrain from using illegal firecrackers to avoid any injuries. Instead of firecrackers, we should all welcome the New Year with other forms of merriment,” he said.  

Catalino Cuy, Department of the Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge, reminded local government units to issue permits indicating the date, time and specific areas where fireworks displays can be held.

Cuy said governors, mayors, the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection should also remind the public to ensure compliance with the ban on powerful firecrackers.

Cops to be deployed

In Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Chief Superintendent MaO Aplasca, regional police director,  bared plans to deploy over 1,000 police personnel at firecracker zones across the region.

Aplasca directed police commanders to coordinate with local officials in identifying community fireworks display areas.

“I am appealing to the public for support and cooperation to achieve our goal of zero injury due to firecrackers and indiscriminate firing,” Aplasca said.

Superintendent Chitadel Gaoiran, Calabarzon police spokesperson, said local government units have yet to designate firecracker zones in the region. – With Ed Amoroso

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