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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Iwas paputok campaign in Albay successful — PNP

by Aida Alcazar-Naz

Legazpi City, Jan 4 (PIA) —- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Albay is satisfied with the result of the advocacy campaign on reduction of firecracker-related injury in the province.

Albay Provincial Police Office Director P/SSupt William S. Macavinta said that there were only six victims this year which is 50 percent lower in comparison to last year’s number of injured individuals and zero deaths.

Two of the victims came from Daraga town, one each from Camalig and Guinobatan, and one person each from the cities of Legazpi, Ligao, and Tabaco.

The youngest victim was a two-year old boy, two boys aged 8 years old, and three adults aged 24, 30, and 31. All victims were treated in government facilities.

Macavinta attributed the marked reduction of casualties to massive information campaign by government agencies including the PNP and the local government units.

The PNP organized an inter-agency team that went around the towns and cities of the province, first in December 27 and the second time in December 31 to inform people about Iwas Paputok.

Policemen also went about its inspection of malls and stores to make certain that only those firecrackers allowed by RA 7138 were being sold. PNP was able to confiscate P80,000 worth of prohibited firecrackers from the cities of Legazpi, Ligao, Tabaco; and the towns of Polangui and Camalig.

The Iwas Paputok campaign according to Macavinta was part of the Karangahan Albay Green Christmas organized by Albay through the leadershipship of Governor Joey Salceda.

“We consider the outcome of the Iwas Paputok campaign as a component of the Albay Green Christmas as very successful. While six is not zero, still this achievement resulted from reduced firecrackers to celebrate the New Year. The economic benefits are estimated at P14 million savings,” said Salceda.

There was no report of indiscriminate firing either from gun owners or policemen was reported.

On December 31, the PNP Albay set up a sumbungan paputok desk to respond to any complaint related to welcoming the New year. (MAL/AAN-PIA V)

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