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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Regional Police reports a “gun-free” yuletide

by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) – The regional police reported a “gun-free” yuletide as its records posted a “zero casualty” and “zero incident” of indiscriminate firing of guns in the region during the Christmas and New Year revelries.

During the ceremonial unsealing of the taped muzzles of issued firearms, Police Senior Supt. David Y. Ombao said the Caraga Police has recorded no incident of indiscriminate firing of guns by its personnel during the Christmas and the New Year celebrations.

He also said that it was very significant as it means that police personnel in the region had paved the way of using alternative ways of creating noise and merrymaking to celebrate Christmas and to cheer and welcome the New Year instead of firing of their guns.

Acting on the instructions of Caraga PNP Chief CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, Ombao conveyed the gratitude of the regional director to other government agencies, the non-governmental organizations and the tri-media for the cooperation, which had led to the success of the PNP’s “IWAS PAPUTOK/IWAS DISGRASYA,” campaign.

On the morning of December 27, Rafal led the sealing of the gun muzzles of the issued firearms of the PNP personnel at the front of the administration building. He gave a stern instruction to police to strictly observe the guidelines set forth by the PNP organization regarding the non-use of firearms during the yuletide revelries. The violators, according to him, will be subjected to summary dismissal proceedings.

In the case of firecracker and pyrotechnics-related injuries, the police reported only two victims in its regional report: a 46-year old Joseph Dela Cerna of Bayugan City and a 15-year old female (name withheld being a minor) from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. One sustained a minor injury at the right hand and the other at the right finger. Both were discharged from the hospital immediately right after their treatment.

Rafal attributed the success of the campaign to the massive information drive by the various sectors, the creation of ordinances by the local government unit and establishment of “firecrackers display area” and the “firecrackers zone.”

Even the PNP in its enforcement effort confiscated firecrackers and pyrotechnics devices which violated RA 7183 and the special local law (SP Resolution No.769-99) amounting to P9, 500. (PIA Caraga)

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