Fire­cracker zones will help de­ter dis­as­ters

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /MOREXET T E MARIE B. ER­RAM AND JESSA MAE O. SOTTO

LIGHTING fire­crack­ers should be done away from res­i­den­tial ar­eas in or­der to pre­vent dis­as­ters, such as fires, from hap­pen­ing.

This is the rea­son why govern­ment of­fi­cials from Cebu and Lapu-Lapu cities are urg­ing their re­spec­tive con­stituents who want to greet the New Year with fire­crack­ers, to do so only in des­ig­nated fire­cracker zones.

In Cebu City, Mayor To­mas Os­meña said he will tap the help of barangay tan­ods to ask res­i­dents not to ex­plode fire­crack­ers near their houses, adding that this is “a recipe for a big fire” this New Year’s Eve.

“We will ask the dif­fer­ent sitios and barangay tan­ods to re­frain from the use of fire­crack­ers. It only takes one, and the whole barangay can go down in flames,” said Os­meña in a press in­ter­view af­ter at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony com­mem­o­rat­ing the 122nd death an­niver­sary of Dr. Jose Rizal yes­ter­day, Sunday (De­cem­ber 30).

The South Road Prop­er­ties (SRP) is the des­ig­nated fire­cracker zone in Cebu City. Its des­ig­na­tion is cov­ered by an or­di­nance.

“We had the worst fire this year, in Barangay Duljo Fa­tima. The year is not yet over… We’re not try­ing to say ar­rest those who are play­ing fire­crack­ers. Let them stop, let them play some­where else. In SRP,” Os­meña added.

Mean­while, the La­puLapu City govern­ment has des­ig­nated about 40 fire­cracker zones for any­one who wishes to cel­e­brate the New Year with fire­crack­ers.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza said ex­plod­ing fire­crack­ers in these ar­eas, which are de­scribed as “open spa­ces,” would still be mon­i­tored.

"Gi-es­tab­lish na sa barangay kon asa ang com­mon area kon asa pwede mag­pab­uto (The barangays have es­tab­lished com­mon ar­eas

where peo­ple will be al­lowed to ex­plode fire­crack­ers)," Radaza said.

In Barangay Babag, the city’s fire­cracker cap­i­tal, there are at least seven open spa­ces iden­ti­fied as fire­cracker zones by the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP) in Lapu-Lapu City.

"Ang pur­pose man gud nato ani aron ang atong fire de­part­ment makahibaw sad nga mao na di­hang ar­eas (The pur­pose of put­ting up fire­cracker zones is to help BFP iden­tify the ar­eas where peo­ple are al­lowed to use fire­crack­ers)," she added.

While there are bar­rels of wa­ter placed at the fire­cracker zones, Radaza also said BFP per­son­nel will also pa­trol the streets to en­sure that fire­cracker-re­lated in­ci­dents will be pre­vented.

"Mo-co­or­di­nate lang sa barangay kon asa ang com­mon ar­eas labi na sa pab­uto. Para ma­li­na­won, safe ang katawhan, just ob­serve kon un­say sakto (Just co­or­di­nate with the barangay to iden­tify the fire­cracker ar­eas so that we can have a peace­ful New Year’s cel­e­bra­tion. We also have to ob­serve what’s right)," Radaza said.

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