The number of New Year's eve blast victims showed signs of a continuing decline in Negros Occidental, including in the highly-urbanized Bacolod City.
There were four victims of firecracker-related incidents in Bacolod City, while 26 were recorded in the different towns and cities of Negros Occidental, police records showed.
Not a single incident of indiscriminate firing or stray bullet was reported in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, police spokespersons, Senior Inspector Armily Vargas and Police Inspector Charmae De Paz, reported yesterday.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Negros Occidental police director, also attributed the reduction in firecracker-related incidents and zero incident of indiscriminate firing and stray bullet to their Oplan Iwas Paputok campaign and the cooperation of Negrenses.
Records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office showed that there were 44 blast victims during the period of 2015-2016, 66 in 2016-2017 and 26 this year.
Of the 26 victims in Negros Occidental; 18 were minors,
Vargas also reported that blast victims in Bacolod City dropped from 15 during the period of 2016-2017, to four this year, three of them also minors. It posted a reduction of 73 percent.
She attributed the decrease in the number of firecracker-related injuries to the intensified campaign on Ligtas Paskuhan 2017.
The Bureau of Fire and Protection also reported that it has not recorded any fire incident from Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 1 this year.
Overall, the New Year's celebrations in Bacolod City and in the different areas of Negros Occidental were declared by the police as generally-peaceful.
Vargas said the information dissemination in all sectors and the media, likewise triggered awareness in the public about Executive Order 28, that limits the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices and RA 7183 that also regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and use.
Various local government units in Negros Occidental also established 116 firecracker zones. * GPB/SGG
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