The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao recorded 13 cases of firecracker injuries and three cases of indiscriminate firing across Northern Mindanao in the celebration of the new year.
According to a report from Sun.Star, piccolo, “kwitis”, roman candle, small triangulo and sparklers are the common firecrackers responsible for the injuries, said Chief Inspector Mardy Hortillosa II, PRO-Northern Mindanao deputy spokesperson.
An individual in Consolacion village, Cagayan de Oro City, five in Iligan City, four in Bukidnon, two in Medina, Misamis Oriental, and one in Baroy, Lanao del Norte were injured by firecrackers as shown on the consolidated data from several police units.
It was said that the youngest victim was a kid aged eight years old and the oldest was 71 years old, based on the police data.
Nur Ian Caridad, Department of Health (DOH) – Northern Mindanao Health and Education Promotion Officer said that the monitoring and coordination with DOH is still ongoing as there might be some incidents that were already recorded by the police but the DOH did not.
Caridad added that the overall record consolidating the data from DOH and the police is not yet computed since the white code is still active but will be soon lifted on January 5.
The victims only suffered minor injuries that they no longer need hospital confinement.
Meanwhile, PRO-NorthMin recorded one incident of indiscriminate firing in Cagayan de Oro and two in Misamis Occidental. Fortunately, there is no victim reported concerning the incident.
The number of people injured due to firecrackers was lower this year compared to that of 2016 as DOH have recorded 64 cases.