Sparing CAMANAVA from Harmful Firecrackers

ANY endeavor or campaign for a particular goal would be effective if carefully planned and executed with sheer resolve but the same could be more successful if it’s carried out through partnerships of concerned people or groups.

And that’s evident in northern Metro Manila wherein the four local chief executives have agreed to pool their resources in their determined bid to spare CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) area from harmful and banned firecrackers as there are safer and more enjoyable means to celebrate the birth of Jesus and welcome New Year.

I couldn’t help admiring City Mayors Enrico “Recom” Echiverri, (Caloocan); Tito Oreta, (Malabon); John Rey Tiangco, (Navotas); and Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian, (Valenzuela) who have joined hands as they intensify the campaign against selling of prohibited types of firecrackers in their turfs.

In Caloocan, Echiverri says he directs police chief Senior Supt. Jude Wilson Santos, Reformed Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management (RDPSTM) chief Al Sta. Maria and other concerned departments to monitor vendors in markets and other commercial places for possible presence of prohibited firecrackers.

“Let us put into consideration the safety of others when selling these firecrackers. We shouldn’t endanger the lives of other people and even that of our own family just for the sake of measly profit,” says Echiverri, chairman of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

Tiangco, for his part, formed a special task force in that will monitor commercial areas in the city to make sure that banned firecrackers will not be made available to residents especially on children some of them have not learned lessons from previous revelries.

“We are also asking the cooperation of the parents to see to it that their children would not be allowed to play or touch such banned firecrackers like watusi and piccolo which are popular among children but pose a serious health threat to them particularly when these are accidentally ingested,”  says Tiangco.

The local police force in Valenzuela, meanwhile, has set up checkpoints even during daytime in order to block the entry of firecrackers which are mostly manufactured in the adjoining Bulacan province.

Win avers: “We have issued appeals to residents to stop from using these prohibited firecrackers because they have not been doing good to many as there are more enjoyable ways to celebrate Christmas and welcome New Year.”

In neighboring Malabon, Oreta has warned enterprising traders and vendors that the city government and the local police would not hesitate to arrest and charge them in court aside from having the banned firecrackers they peddle confiscated.

“They should learn hard lessons in the past wherein several people have been killed and badly injured while damages to properties due to firecracker-related fires have reached to millions of pesos. Who knows, maybe a member of his family would be the next victim?” Oreta says.

Rep. Lacson-Noel’s “Kalinisan ay Kalusugan ng Malabon” Program

Not to be outdone, Malabon Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel makes more local residents especially those unemployed to be happy these days. Why not, she starts allocating funds for her “Kalinisan ay Kalusugan ng Malabon” program she has just launched primarily designed to provide employment opportunities and boost cleanliness in the city.

With Barangay Longos as pilot area wherein some 67 jobless residents have found new job under the program, the wife of An Waray Party-list Rep. Florencio “Bum” Noel, says she forges a partnership with the labor department through its “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers” (TUPAD) program to ensure success in the undertakings.

Those employed will participate in the cleaning of their barangay particularly its waterways and canals and, at the same time, gain project-based employment, according to the lady lawmaker who vows to expand it all over the city since it has elicited interest in the communities anyway.

Congresswoman Jaye has not stopped looking for ways to uplift the living standard of her constituents. Arlie Calalo

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