Oplan APIR – Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction – is directed at dissuading the public against illegal firecrackers, while encouraging safe ways to celebrate the New Year with “alternative noisemakers” such as horns, loud sounds, banging of drums, and the like.
This, even as the police have also intensified the campaign against “dangerous, banned firecrackers” and “vigilant look-out” for the discharge of firearms during the merrymaking attendant to the coming of 2016.
The Department of Health has banned the sale and use of “dangerous” firecrackers Piccolo, Goodbye Philippines/ Napoles, Crying Bading, Yolanda, Plapla, Watusi, Super Lolo, Atomic Big Triangulo, Mother Rocket and Lolo Thunder.
Also in the prohibited list of firecrackers are Pillbox, Boga, Big Judas’ Belt, Big Bawang, Bin Laden, Kabasi, Atomic Bomb, Five Star and Giant Whistle Bomb.
Both DOH and the PNP have released advisories to parents to watch over their children who comprise the most common victims of firecracker injuries.
The DOH said hospitals are at this time already mobilized for the immediate treatment of injuries caused by firecrackers.