The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has declared a total firecracker ban in Metro Manila, it was learned.
NCRPO chief Vicente Danao said this is based on a resolution issued last week by the Metro Manila Mayors Council “unanimously” prohibiting all kinds of firecrackers and incendiary devices in vogue during the holiday season.
“All Metro mayors unanimously agreed on the firecracker ban. Any kind of firecracker ay bawal na pong gamitin at ibenta sa loob ng Metro Manila,” Danao was quoted in reports as saying.
He clarified that if there are any fireworks displays being planned n designated safe areas, these should first be cleared with the concerned local government unit.
Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivares, chairman of the Metro Manila mayors, said that the ban will surely lessen firecracker-related injuries, but more importantly reduce the transmission of the Covid virus in line with existing health protocols of the IATF.
Olivares said all 17 mayors unanimously agreed to the firecracker ban also as part of health measures during the pandemic.
“Hindi pwedeng ipagkaila na kapag may mga putukan, magkukumpol-kumpol ang mga tao kaya walang mangyayaring social distancing d’yan.”