By Yas D. Ocampo
Davao City – Authorities here said the city has had no firecracker-related injuries so far, as the country observed the first year of regulated fireworks displays instead of a traditionally dangerous practice during the New Year.
The Police Regional Office 11 reported no casualty, as of 9 a.m. yesterday, in a statement sent to media.
There was also no report of any incident of stray bullets or indiscriminate firing.
Fire officials here, however, are investigating whether a house fire after the New Year’s Eve in Agdao was caused by a fireworks display gone bad.
“Our goal is to have a safe and peaceful celebration of the New Year, and this would not be possible without the dedication among our personnel together with the local government units and other agencies like the Department of Health (DOH), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and of course the public’s cooperation,” Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, PRO regional director, said.
The PRO said it will maintain a high alert status even after the New Year revelry had died down.
Meanwhile, the DOH had a similar report as of noon yesterday.