Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Firecracker Menace

Year in and year out firecracker related injuries has left many children limbless or missing a couple of appendages (if not causing blindness or in some instances---death).

Based on the latest report by the Department of Health, the number of injuries as we welcome 2011 is 8% higher than the average number of incidents in the last 5 years, it has gone down by 20% versus the number of firecracker related injuries in 2010. However, no matter the number, the continued practice of New Year revelry with firecrackers will claim its yearly toll. Further compounding this is that many of those injuries involve children. To be an amputee at an early age is a lifelong stigma. Regulating the sale and production of firecrackers is not the solution---TOTAL BAN IS!

implemented City Ordinance 060-02, or the Anti-Firecracker Ordinance in 2001, which prohibits the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession or use of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices and such other similar devices and the use of firecrackers or other similar explosives within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.

Kudos to Mayor Duterte!

If the other mayors really want to zero out firecracker related injuries it's just a matter of political will. I wonder why nobody had the cajones to follow the lead of Mayor Duterte?

We don't need firecrackers to ward off BAD KARMA for the coming year. Just plant the seed of GOOD KARMA in all that you do and you will definitely reap an equivalent ---if not more of it---in your lifetime!

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