The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is urging the local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to establish fireworks display zones for the New Year celebration.
According to MMDA acting chair Don Artes, this will ensure a safer and more enjoyable holiday for the public.
He said that common fireworks display zones can help prevent or minimize fireworks-related injuries. These zones are open spaces or common areas where people can safely watch the fireworks.
Artes and the Metro Manila mayors discussed this during a recent Metro Manila Council meeting. They also urged the LGUs to comply with Republic Act No. 7183, which regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
Firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices are part of the holiday tradition. However, every year, many people get injured, killed, or burned by these devices in Metro Manila due to the careless and unregulated use of these devices.
Artes also reminded the public to dispose of their garbage, especially used and unused firecrackers, properly during the New Year. He said that this will keep the environment clean and avoid more hazards.
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