The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office yesterday destroyed in public firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, worth P35,156, as a traditional activity conducted after every New Year celebration.
The biggest bulk of the confiscated firecrackers came from Sibulan, that was worth P25,000, seized by operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Branch, who got the information that the firecrackers were bought from a stall in Dumaguete.
NORPPO director, Police Colonel Julian Entoma, said the police also confiscated more than P5,000 worth of firecrackers in the hinterland barangay of Pacuaan in La Libertad not because of the prohibition, but because the dealers had no permits. The rest came from the municipalities.
Entoma said the police may not have received information about victims of the firecracker explosion, but was told by representatives from the Department of Health that seven individuals were brought to the hospitals for minor burns. DOH provincial officer Dr. Socrates Villamor confirmed that there were seven firecracker victims in the province. He said these were one each from Dauin, Dumaguete and Bais cities and two each from Sibulan and Mabinay towns.
He added that the Sta Catalina police station had no accomplishment report regarding confiscation of prohibited firecrackers but one was reported to have been hit by a firecracker.
Meanwhile, Entoma said he is proud to report that no single incident of indiscriminate firing happened during Christmas and the New Year, instead for one in Dauin which he said is a case of "discriminate" firing in trying to immobilize a person believed to be deranged who tried to attack them while responding to a call for assistance.
In fact, Entoma said two police officers who responded to the alarm will be given commendations.
He congratulated police officers and men under his command for being so professional that even with putting tapes on the muzzle of their guns, no one has violated the campaign. Unlike in Caraga region where one policeman may lost his livelihood for indiscriminate firing.
Entoma was also glad to announce there was no single fire incident during the new year as a result of firecracker explosion.*
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