SQUARE POINT: Ban all pyrotechnics In Zamboanga city! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 11:28

BY Jack Edward Enriquez


About five months before the Year of the Goat comes in, perhaps, it’s high time now to talk about the manner in welcoming the year next in line whether wc maintain what we did last December 31 eve or we slide back to the traditional way of ear-splitting explosions and pandemonium.

Let-s turn back rewind our memory and find out what happened on that New Year’s eve. Undeniably there were a few blasting sounds intermittently while the hand of time ticked on until it struck midnight, but the explosions were minimal that lasted for just awhile.

As the sun rose in the first morning of 2014. the news on the radio came when enthusiastic reporters started informing the drowsy listeners that almost all hospitals in the city have recorded no victim of firecrackers except for one or two incidents that happened earlier in the day.

Cantering through the clouds across the universe, the Horse was somewhat sad upon reaching this part of the planet noting the scanty noise and explosions welcoming the New Year unlike 12 years ago in 2002 or much earlier in 1990 when the noise was a real pandemonium with the smog from burning powder was so thick and the colorful blasting fireworks expelling the darkness of the night. The Horse was worried this time thinking of the bad spirit through the year in this only Latin City of Asia

Because of what happened last year September, as what we know. Mayor Beng Climaco Salazar decided to ban firecrackers and other forms of explosive pyrotechnic during the New Year celebration. Based on feedbacks and conversations with friends in media, we’ve learned that community leaders and residents especially senior citizens are in favor of banning firecrackers totally in this city as a result of the traumatic experience 10 months ago. Also the lire incidents that occurred m two warehouses where allegedly stored big quantities of pyrotechnics.

In view of this,  District 2 Councilor BG Guingona initiated a move to conduct a series of consultations to be submitted to the City Executive for her decision. The councilor was thinking of the revenue lost and the business climate that has to be sustained and improved for the progress of the city. That’s fine.

To see a clearer picture on the rationale of the issue, however, may we know how much can the government collect from this particular kind of business’. And how much did the government spend for those victims of firecrackers taken to the hospital? And the victims of fire caused by pyrotechnics?

Wouldn’t it be logical to use that fund for the treatment of indigent patients infected with dengue, leptospirosis, measles, diarrhea, etc? After all. there are other legitimate businesses where those merchants can invest their money. instead of the hazardous pyrotechnics.

According to comments from the different sectors of the community, firecrackers and all kinds of explosive pyrotechnics should be totally banned in this city. If smaller type of firecrackers or non-explosive fireworks will be allowed, the tendency is to slide back to the main line of business as time goes by. Should there be a need for fireworks display. let the city government spend and handle it rather than involve the public.

While the government is hell-bent in its crackdown campaign on smoking, let there be the same impetus on all kinds of explosive pyrotechnic for both are hazardous to human life. If cigarettes destroy the lungs, pyrotechnic pollutes the atmosphere and deteriorates the ozone layer of the earth, the striking point from environmentalists.

The bad sprit is just an illusion while the injuries caused by firecrackers are real, remarked an intern on New Year’s eve two years ago.

In Zamboanga City, majority of the people want all kinds of pyrotechnic banned during New Year celebrations.