CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The regional police headquarters at Camp Olivas here reported yesterday that injuries related to the last New Year’s Day revelry in Central Luzon was lower by 71 percent compared to the previous year’s, with no deaths nor stray bullet incidents reported.
In a report, the regional police noted 149 firecracker-caused injuries and 71 arrests of persons who either manufactured or sold prohibited firecrackers in violation of two laws which regulate the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic products.
A total of 88 police operations throughout Central Luzon from Dec. 15 last year to last New Year’s Day also led to the arrest of one civilian in Nueva Ecija for indiscriminate firing on the eve of Christmas day.
Camp Olivas also reported “149 firecracker-related injuries with no fatal casualties and no victims of stray bullets, which is 71 percent lower compared to the 521 reported cases over the same period of last year.”
Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Amador Corpus attributed the lower cases of New Year revelry injuries to “the series of inspections conducted by the different provincial and city police offices among firecracker manufacturers and stores.”
He also cited “the massive information drive and campaign initiated by the PNP together with the different government agencies on the need to regulate or avoid the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices along with the widest dissemination of the designated firecracker zones imposed by the local government units.”
“I commend the entire Central Luzon police force for a job well done, putting aside their personal convenience and comfort since all PNP personnel even those performing office duties were deployed during Christmas and New Year’s Eve to ensure of a peaceful, safe and injury-free Holiday celebration,” Corpus also said.