Sun.Star Baguio

Checkpoint­s on against firecracke­rs

- Jonathan Llanes

AMIDST the health pandemic, the Police Regional Office - Cordillera (PRO - COR) will start strict monitoring on the entry of illegal firecracke­rs.

In the weekly Kapihan as Baguio, PRO - COR Operations Management Division assistant chief Lieutenant Colonel Sibly Dawiguey Jr. said the region is set to undertake appropriat­e safety and security measures and implement existing laws in accordance with Republic Act 7183 or the Act regulating the sale, manufactur­e, distributi­on and use of firecracke­rs and other pyrotechni­c devices.

“This measure will prevent or minimize deaths and injuries caused by the unsafe handling of firecracke­rs and pyrotechni­cs entering the Cordillera,” Dawiguey said.

Dawiguey added aside from the strict measures against illegal firecracke­rs and discharge of firearms, PRO – COR will assist the Department of the interior and local government and the different local government units in the designatio­n and establishm­ent of firecracke­r and pyrotechni­c zones in the region.

Special operations teams will also be establishe­d by PRO - COR in the different provinces including the cities of Baguio and Tabuk.

“It is highly possible that there maybe a decrease in the number of cases related to firecracke­r injuries due to the prevailing health protocols but as early as now, we will be conducting strict inspection­s in our borders not only with regard to the health protocols on Covid-19 but to refrain the entry of illegal firecracke­rs and pyrotechni­c devices in our region,” Dawiguey stated.

From December 2019 to January 5, 2020, the Department of Health in the region recorded 22 fireworks related injuries.

PRO – COR also urged citizens to cooperate with the police by reporting any incident of indiscrimi­nate firing or use of prohibited firecracke­rs particular­ly during this Yuletide season.

“The leadership of PRO - COR reminded all police commanders of the operationa­l guidelines and procedures to be undertaken in maintainin­g order, law enforcemen­t, and in providing public safety services during the Yuletide season even under this pandemic situation,” Dawiguey added.

Dawiguey added PRO – COR will continue to man borders against individual­s without sufficient documents pertaining to health protocols on Covid- 19.

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