DTI urges Zamboanga folks to celebrate new year the safe way PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 December 2013 14:13

As 2013 draws to a close, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) rallies behind the Department of Health’s (DOH) and the city government’s campaign against the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics to greet the coming new year.

“Let’s veer away from the tradition of ushering the new year with a bang and with lots of smoke,” Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI-9 Officer in-Charge, said in an interview.

“Fireworks, according to folk tales are supposed to scare the bad spirits away together with the bad fortune they bring and to usher in good luck. What happens however, is that this tradition also brings a lot of blasted fingers even as they sometimes triggers fires, while the smoke they emit does a lot of harm to our lungs and to the environment,” Dr.. Jain said.

“Let’s put sanity back to our celebrations, especially during new year revelries where alcohol consumption is high. “Beware,” Jain said. “Alcohol and firecrackers don’t mix. In your drunken stupor, you might end waking up in a hospital bed and finding yourself under operation for firecracker-related injuries. Worse, it could be your son or daughter who are the victims,” she warned.

“Instead of spending on firecrackers, isn’t it better if the money is instead saved for the coming year or donated to victims of disasters and calamities?” Jain asked.

“It is high time that we put a stop to this madness during new year as it is observed that many people have that predilection to go overboard when drunk, going after ‘crackers that produce the greatest bang. Illegal manufacturers know this penchant of some and so they produce ‘crackers almost rivalling real bombs in sound intensity,” Jain said.

“Our appeal to consumers, especially parents. Let’s be good models to our children. Let us support Mayor Beng (Climaco)’s order banning the sale and use of firecrackers and heed DOH’s appeal for sobriety in our celebration of the incoming year,” Jain said.