Learning hard lessons

SA kabila ng kilala ang Malaysia sa pagkakaroon ng ibang paniniwala kung ikukumpara sa ating paniniwala sa aspetong pang-relihiyon, hindi iyon naging sagabal upang makapaglingkod at masuklian ni Richard ang lahat ng biyaya TRADITIONALLY, most Filipinos welcome the New Year literally with a big bang owing to the unstoppable supply of smuggled firecrackers that compete with locally-made, which have also been proven to be equally dan-gerous and available in most streets surprisingly in spite of the police and government’s no-nonsense campaign.

Never mind if some of the revelers end up with missing fingers, arms and legs and, worst, get killed in the process.

Notwithstanding, government authorities primarily the local government officials have not ceased from coming out with measures designed to ensure the safety of their respective constituents, some of them if not all could never be discouraged despite hard lessons in the past on injuries and deaths.

For example in Navotas City,

Mayor John Rey Tiangco, ins-tead of turning spoilsport, directs his 14 village chiefs to designate firecracker zones in their turfs, just making sure that they’re located in open spaces, safe and far from residential as well as commercial areas.

What’s good in here is that the residents can enjoy reveling at the designated zones however under limited period of time or specifically from 11:30 p.m. of Dec. 31 to 12:15 a.m. of Jan 1.

“We wouldn’t want a repeat of alarming incidents in the past due to these harmful firecrackers but since we couldn’t just be killjoy to some so we designate zones to light up their fireworks and other similar pyrotechnics but only within a limited period of time,” says Tiangco.

At the neighboring Caloocan, Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri also gives the green light for the setting up of similar zones in the city’s 188 barangays where re-sidents can light up firecrackers and watch them go off. Policemen are ready to apprehend those who would be caught lighting firecrackers in non-firecracker zones and have them penalized accordingly, the Caloocan chief executive says.

He adds: “The implementation of firecracker zones will be done for our own safety, thus I appeal to everyone to follow this directive so that we’ll have worry-free celebration this New Year.”

Likewise, the Department of Health deserves a pat on the back for its relentless effort to eventually dissuade the people from lighting up harmful firecrackers through series of campaign this time with its APIR strategy.

Hitched on the popular Filipino greeting “Apir,” DOH’s “APIR” stands for Aksiyon: Paputok Injury Reduction. APIR’S campaign message is centered on a number of remin-ders or warnings to prevent injury from firecrackers and simple tips on alternative ways to celebrate the holiday season.

To our endeared readers, let the shower of hopes and blessings be with us all throughout the coming year, just pray hard and never stop from reading Remate.

Happy Holidays!

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