The Police Regional Office (PRO) 9 has recorded “negative” incidents of stray bullet, indiscriminate firing, and fire or burning incident due to firecrackers during the New Year’s Celebration in the City of Zamboanga City and Provinces of Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay. There were also no reported major injuries in relation to use of firecrackers.
PCSUPT Billy B Beltran, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 9, said the Zero Casualties New Year’s Celebration in the region factored in the strict implementation of Executive Order No. 28 (regulating the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices) and the security preparation implemented by the police during the New Year’s Eve.
The Regional Director also said that the cooperation of the Local Government Units and other agencies like Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Bureau of Fire, local police and of course the general public contributed to the Zero Casualties incident in the region.
Earlier, The Regional Director, during the New Year’s Eve visited police stations in Zamboanga City and oversees the security preparation being implemented by the police to ensure a safe New Year’s Celebration in the region.
PCSUPT Beltran even call for public cooperation in the campaign against indiscriminate firing especially during New Year’s Revelry in the whole Zamboanga Peninsula region and appealed to the public as well as to fellow PNP personnel to include other uniformed personnel not to use guns in welcoming the New Year due to threats to life and property. He even urged citizens to report to the police by reporting any incident of indiscriminate firing of guns or use of prohibited firecrackers to the PRO9 hotline numbers or to the nearest police stations and using their mobile phones, they can document or video gun holders who will fire their weapons indiscriminately and upload in the social media.
The Police Regional Office (PRO) 9 even advised all field commanders to strictly enforce the Executive Order No. 28 (regulating the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices) and prevent the indiscriminate firing. Likewise, Local Government Unit was also directed to designate specific areas as firecrackers zone and community fireworks display in the region.