By Leonel Abasola

NEW YEAR REVELRY. Families watch the fireworks display at the Quezon Memorial Circle on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31, 2022) as they welcome the New Year. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority renewed its call to the local government units in Metro Manila to designate fireworks display zones in their areas for the New Year revelry. (PNA photo by Robert Oswald P. Alfiler)

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has renewed its call to the local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to designate fireworks display zones in their areas for the New Year revelry.

MMDA acting chair Don Artes said doing so would provide a safer environment during the holiday celebration.

“Setting up a common fireworks display zone can prevent or lessen fireworks-related injuries. Open spaces or common areas can be designated as fireworks display zones,” he said.

During a recent Metro Manila Council meeting, Artes and the Metro Manila mayors discussed the reiteration of MMDA Resolution 22-22 Series of 2022, exhorting the LGUs to set up a fireworks display zone about Republic Act No. 7183 which regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

“It is a tradition to use firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices during the holiday season. There is undeniably a significant number of firecracker-related injuries, casualties, and accidental fires recorded every year in Metro Manila related to the indiscriminate and unregulated use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices,” cited in the resolution.

Health authorities also urged Metro Manila LGUs to promote the Department of Health’s “Ligtas Christmas sa Healthy Pilipinas”, which has three components — Healthy Handaan (feast), Healthy Celebration and Iwas Paputok (avoiding use of firecrackers)” in their areas.

Artes also reminded the public to dispose of garbage, particularly used and unused firecrackers, properly during the welcoming of New Year. (PNA)