The Department of Health disclosed that  the number of fireworks-related injuries between December 21, 2016 and January 5, 2017. The cases were lower than that recorded during the same period last year.

“We would like to extend our gratitude for the support of other national agencies, the local governments, non-government organizations, and the media for the anti-firecracker campaigns. We do hope that eventually we will attain zero casualties from fireworks during the holidays. The cooperation of local government units that organized public firework displays contributed to success of this campaign,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial expressed.

As of 6:00 am, January 6, 2017, a total of 630 fireworks-related injuries were recorded by DOH sentinel sites. This is 319 cases (34%) less than the five-year (2011-2015) average and 292 cases (32%) less compared to the same time period of last year. Of the total 630 cases, 627 were from fireworks injuries, and 3 cases of fireworks/firecrackers ingestion. There were NO deaths reported.

One hundred ninety two (192 or 31%) out of 627 injuries were caused by piccolo, a prohibited firecracker in the country. Other firecrackers causing injuries were from kwitis (89, 14%), luces (38, 6%), five-star (32, 5%), and other unidentified/unknown firecrackers (54, 9%).

Most fireworks-related injuries came from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 340 cases (54%), followed by Western Visayas with 78 cases (12%) and Region 3 with 47 cases (7%). In NCR, most cases were from Manila with 112 out of 340 cases (33%), 76 cases (22%) were from Quezon City and 27 cases (8%) from Marikina City. Majority of cases are children or less than 15 years old (351 cases or 56%).

“Again, we appeal to the public that if you have remaining fireworks materials remaining at home, dispose them immediately by soaking them in water. Do not let our children be tempted to play with firecrackers and risk their safety,” Secretary Ubial added.

DOH clarified that the Iwas Paputok Campaign will not end in January 2017. It will strengthen its campaign by pushing the approval of the Executive Order to ban individual firecracker use and foster community fireworks display in local government units, in order to achieve its goal of zero casualties due to firework/firecracker related injuries.

Nasa ating mga kamay ang maisulong na tuluyang ipagbawal ang paputok sa ating bansa. Isipin natin ang mga buhay na ating masasagip kung tayo ay iiwas na gumamit ng paputok. Maraming ligtas na paraan upang ipagdiwang ang Bagong Taon,” Secretary Ubial concluded.