Duterte eyes total ban on firecrackers: “It’s really a dangerous thing”

  • President Rodrigo Duterte said he is eyeing the possibility of prohibiting the use of firecrackers and fireworks by December 2021
  • He said it endangers public health and safety
  • Earlier, EcoWaste Coalition said that banning firecrackers would help curb the spread the COVID-19

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is planning to order the total ban on firecrackers.

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The President said he is considering to prohibit the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics starting December 2021. Duterte said the reason is that it endangers the health and safety of the public.

“I was toying with the idea of making it just like Davao. Baka next December ibawal ko na ang putok because it is really a dangerous thing and for reasons of public safety and health,” he said.

“I am putting you on a warning na baka by mid-year I will issue the necessary document banning, totally, totally banning paputok,” Duterte added.

The President mentioned the firecrackers ban in Davao City, which he issued when he was mayor of the city back in 2001. He said since then, Christmas season has been good with just music and family.

“Kagaya sa amin, sa amin maganda man. New Year, Pasko, we celebrate it with the family. May music, lahat na. Gaiety and all. Walang nasusugatan, walang namamatay,” he said.

Earlier, public interest group EcoWaste Coalition said prohibiting the use of firecrackers and fireworks would be a good thing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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EcoWaste campaigner Thony Dizon said that aside from lessening air pollution and accidents nationwide, celebrations with no firecrackers would lessen people from gathering together.

“People tend to congregate where firecracker use and fireworks are. That doesn’t promote social distancing,” Dizon said.

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