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Philippines : Capiz Oplan Iwas Paputok campaign starts.

Department of Health (DOH) Capiz Public Information Officer Joeffry Espiritu said that the campaign for Oplan Iwas Paputok 2017 in the province is underway to remind the public from using any kind of firecrackers to avoid accidents which may cause injuries or deaths and damage to properties during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

He said that the theme of this years campaign is Iwas Paputok Fireworks Display ang Patok.

The DOH has the support of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and various local government units in the campaign to raise public awareness on how to prevent fireworks- related injuries especially among children and to encourage everyone to use safer alternative noise-makers.

Espiritu added that use of firecrackers in heavily populated areas is now prohibited under Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte's Executive Order No. 28 which provides for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

We are now monitoring fireworks and firecracker related injuries as there might be early users of firecrackers, he said over a local radio station, noting that campaigns official count of possible firecracker victims will start on Dec. 21 until Jan. 5 next year.

In 2016, the 16-day monitoring recorded a total of 57 cases of firecracker related injuries despite the massive and extensive efforts to encourage the public to use alternative ways in celebrating Christmas and New Year.

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Date:Dec 14, 2017
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