CAMP OLIVAS, City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Following the relentless operations by the Central Luzon police to stop the proliferation of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices during the holidays, two suspects were arrested for violation of Republic Act (RA) 7183 while 62 firecracker victims were recorded in the region with no fatal casualties.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 Director Brigadier Gen. Cesar Pasiwen said no Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel in the region was involved in indiscriminate firing during New Year’s eve and on January 1. Still, there was one reported incident of illegal discharge of a firearm by a civilian in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, last December 26.
Pasiwen added that the “zero casualty” could be attributed to the series of inspections conducted by the PRO 3 Command Group and staff and the different provincial/city police offices among firecracker manufacturers and stores.
He added that the massive information drive and campaign initiated by the PNP together with the different government agencies on the need to regulate or ban the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, along with the widest dissemination of the “designated firecracker zones” imposed by the local government units (LGUs) complemented by the deployment of almost 2,000 PRO 3 personnel for the festivities.
“I commend the entire Central police force for a job well done, putting aside their personal convenience and comfort in exchange for a peaceful, safe and injury-free Holiday celebration. I would also like to thank our public for their continuous cooperation with us, which immensely contributed to a safe merriment,” Pasiwen said.