100 kids dance ‘Opa Gangnam Style’ vs use of firecrackers to welcome 2013

CHILD welfare groups, Akap Bata Party-List and the Community Response for Enlightenment Service and Transformation (CREST) discouraged the public to use firecrackers, guns and other forms of dangerous pyrotechnics in welcoming the New Year that can harm and will be hazardous to children.

The groups issued the statement as they launch their ‘Iwas Paputok 2012’ campaign in Muntinlupa City.

Some 100 kids dance ‘Opa Gangnam Style’ as their way of supporting the recently-launched Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR) drive against holiday seasons injuries of the Department of Health.

Akap Bata Party-List and CREST said that Filipino children become vulnerable and innocent victims of firecrackers during holiday seasons.

Based from the Health Department’s data last 2011, 1,021 injuries were reported including 987 from firecrackers, 29 from stray bullets and 5 from firecracker ingestion. On the said statistic, 274 children aging 6-10 years old became victims of firecracker use. Of these figures, Metro Manila had the most number of cases with 612 coming from Quezon City (183), Manila (164), Pasig (41), Las Pinas (33), Mandaluyong (33), Valenzuela (32), Marikina (31) and Caloocan (30).

‘Injuries caused by firecrackers and stray bullets choose no one despite age, gender and economic state. For the longest time, harms and dangers of firecrackers victimize our young people,’ says Love Carlos, national spokesperson of Akap Bata Party-List.

Carlos added, ‘As adults, we must set good example to our children in terms of the proper way of welcoming the New Year by introducing alternative forms of making noise instead of using firecrackers. We are one with the Health Department in their campaign to use alternative noise-makers like the traditional ‘torotot,’ car horns, pots and pans, tin cans, radio music among others.’

The groups announced that they will be holding series of ‘Iwas Paputok 2012’ parades on December 28 and 29 in the City of Marikina and Manila, respectively as part of their active campaign against use of firecrackers.

These parades will be participated by hundreds of kids and their parents that will exhibit various alternative noise-makers which the people can use in welcoming the Year 2013 safely.

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