On Thursday, the Department of Health (DOH) again pressed for a ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in the country, stressing that even legal items caused injuries during the recent holiday celebrations.
He said that they would only be used in “well-controlled and well-organized” neighborhood firework displays.
At least 164 reported cases of firecracker-related injuries were reported during recent revelries, according to the DOH. Most were reported in Metro Manila, with burns and eye injuries among those sustained by the patients.
This is 35% lower than the previous high.
In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order prohibiting the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic equipment.
The DOH will strengthen its efforts to draft legislation that aims to prohibit such products.