by: Mary Lailani Pitao-Tupaz

NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) – In an interview during PIA’s Kapihan at Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan over Radyo-Natin Naval, the Biliran Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) and Biliran Police Provincial Office (BPPO) who were gueststo the forum, both reported a significant decrease in firecracker injuries and zero firearms injuries, respectively.

Vanessa Ramirez, IPHO Health Education and Promotions Officer (HEPO) reported a 50% decrease in firecracker injuries during the holiday seasons based on their reporting period from December 25, 2015 to January 5, 2016.

Official report of firecracker injuries in 2014 reached four cases, compared to the two officially reported cases in 2015 in the entire province of Biliran, said Veloso.

Piccolo and fountain are this year’s causes of officially reported firecracker injuries, added DOH Surveillance Nurse Edward Estroso in the same radio guesting.

Meanwhile, BPPO Provincial Director, Police Senior Superintendent Lito Bigoy reported a zero incidence of firearms injuries for the duration of PNP Biliran muzzle taping period from December 15, 2015 to January 4, 2016.

However, a late report of indiscriminate firing of a civilian from Brgy. Catmon reached their office after their official reporting period.

Concerned officials in said barangay are currently gathering evidence for the violation though no injuries were inflicted to individuals, according to PSSupt Bigoy.

Veloso and Bigoy attributed the successful government campaign of “Iwas Paputok” to the cooperation of the community and the general public.

Moreover, the Department of Health mandates all government health facilities to be in Code White during the holiday seasons, ready to accommodate victims of either firecrackers or firearms injuries. # (PIA8 Biliran)

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