Task Force ‘Iwas Paputok’ Promotes Safe Holiday Celebrations in Northern Mindanao

Task Force ‘Iwas Paputok’ Promotes Safe Holiday Celebrations in Northern Mindanao


Since Christmas is already here, a joint task force will be monitoring and regulate the sale and use of illegal firecrackers in Northern Mindanao.

According to a report from Sun.Star, this drive is to prevent accidents caused by firecrackers especially to those younger ones on holidays.

Elements from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Internal and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Northern Mindanao will be cooperating and collaborating for the Task Force “Iwas Paputok.”

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao has not detected any production o f firecrackers in the region as of now, said Fel Lester Brilliantes, legal officer of the Consumer Welfare Division of DTI Northern Mindanao.

DTI contributed to the task force by inspecting the quality of the firecrackers for the safety of the everyone.

Brilliantes said that consumers should buy firecrackers with import commodity clearance sticker or the ICC sticker as it is the assurance that the firecracker has been inspected by DTI.

To prevent any illegal selling and usage of fireworks, the PNP-Northern Mindanao and DILG will also coordinate with the other departments.

Reports concerning the illegal stock of firecrackers should be relayed to the police, said Police Superintendent Virgilio Buena, chief of the regional civil security unit of PNP-Northern Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health advocates its “Oplan Iwas Paputok” campaign, and that the regional office of DOH prohibits the individual and residential use of firecrackers.

DOH Northern Mindanao also urged the public to use hornpipes or commonly known as “torotots” and that they also encourage everyone to enjoy firework displays in barangays as they also promote their other campaign,  “Iwas Paputok, Fireworks Display ang Patok.”

BFP also promotes the safe celebration of Christmas and New year in the city by following the policies and precautions established by the task force.

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