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PIA Press Release
2005/12/21

Commentary: Gov't ensures public safety and health in Yuletide season

Tacloban City (December 21) -- The public's safety and health are the main focus of various government agencies in this yuletide season. The Philippine National Police, the Department of Health, Pag-asa, the Department of Transportation and Communication and the Local Government Units have programmed special activities to this effect.

Already, the Philippine National Police have detailed Santa Cops in all the malls to ensure that nothing untoward will happen to the shopping public. In Tacloban City for one, the PNP has been assigned to roam around the City and to conduct monitoring activities especially during rush hours. This is the content of the directive from Chief Superintendent Elise dela Paz, regional director of the PNP Region 8 sent to all the provincial and municipal PNP stations in the region.

General dela Paz said he cautioned the detailed Santa Cops not to take advantage of the holidays by asking favors from businessmen and other people.

The Pag-asa, the Department of Health and the various Local Government Units have jointly issued reminders cautioning the public on the rainy Christmas season ahead.

The Department of Health Region 8 have issued the Fourmula Kontra the Paputok program encouraging the people to meet the coming new year safely by not using firecrackers. If burned by firecrackers, the public is advised to wash the wound with water and soap and to go to the nearest hospital or health center.

DOH Director thru Mr. Boyd Cerro, also warned the people against picking up firecrackers which did not explode and for those who have guns not to fire them during the New Year's eve so as to prevent the public from being hit by stray bullets.

The Department of Health in its health advisory for the Christmas Season advised the public to plan their activities in order to avoid rush and unnecessary tension and to take care of the family and self from the sudden changes of weather because this often causes colds, cough and fever.

The Local Government Units like the provincial government of Leyte have prepared the local health centers and the provincial hospitals for any possible increase in admittance of patients, especially because of the recent flooding of some of the municipalities in the province.

The government is doing its best to ensure public safety and health during the yuletide season, the public is expected to cooperate and take the necessary precautions. (PIA 8) [top]

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