By: Gail T. Momblan
AS the New Year’s Eve draws near, the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) in Iloilo said some residents are expected to violate rules on the use of firecrackers, particularly the designation of firecracker zones.
LMP-Iloilo president and Ajuy town mayor Jett Rojas said municipal and barangay plazas are usually designated as fireworks and firecracker areas.
This move of the Philippine National Police (PNP) aims to trim down firecracker injuries and casualties during the New Year revelry.
Though the mandate is beneficial to urban areas, the LMP president said it might not be applicable to municipalities.
Rojas said residential areas in municipalities were not as crowded compared to urban centers such as Metro Manila and Iloilo City.
“For safety, same sa Metro Manila, to avoid fire, amo gid man na ang dapat. Pero sa probinsya, may mga balay nga malayo,” he said.
“Sa Ajuy malapad ang area, may gagmay nga mabatian ka sa lagyo nga pamalay, indi na siling maka-catch gid sang attention,” he added.
Rojas also respects the belief of some Ilonggos that setting off firecrackers near their houses will scare away bad luck and omens.
“Kung New Year, palukpan ta ang balay nga diri sa palibot lang bisan pila lang ka lupok to drive away evil spirit. Indi nga damu-damo gid bala,” he said.
Rojas said the use of firecrackers in municipalities is already “minimal” because residents are now practical buyers.
“Sa probinsya, kabanwahanan, gamay na lang mabatian. Siguro ginauna ang pagkaon, practical na,” he said.
The LMP president eyes to raise his concerns on assigning firecracker zones in the municipalities during the national LMP meeting in January 2019.