Zero casualties: Firecracker ban works effectively in Davao for 17thyear

Jan. 02, 2019

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For 17thyear, the city has continued to record zero fire-cracker related incidents since a city ordinance was enacted back in 2001, prohibiting the use of pyrotechnics during the holiday season.

According to Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum, none of the 12 police stations in the city recorded any violation on the firecracker ban.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa lahat ng residente ng Davao City sa kanilang cooperation at support sa ban on firecrackers ng City Government of Davao,” Tagum said.
(We thanked all residents of Davao City for their cooperation and support on the ban on firecrackers by the City Government of Davao.)

Tagum attributed such feat to the successful campaign of the DCPO and city government against the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

The police also sought the help of the Task Force Davao and Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) in the conduct of mobile and foot patrol in residential areas to ensure there will be no violation of the firecracker ban.

“The people of Davao adhere to the ordinance and the zero incident only showed that people are law-abiding citizens,” PSSCC Operation head Angel Sumagaysay said.

To recall, the mayor and now president Rodrigo Duterte banned the sale and use of firecrackers in the city.

In 2002, the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed an ordinance on the total ban of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices or such other similar devices.

The City Government instead organized the Torotot Festival celebrated every New Year’s Eve to give Davaoenos alternative enjoyment in welcoming the new year without having any casualty. (

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