The Marikina City government has banned the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in welcoming the New Year.
Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said he has issued an Executive Order banning the use of firecrackers to ensure the safety of residents this New Year celebration amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“I have issued an Executive Order prohibiting the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in Marikina this New Year. This is to prevent the mass gathering of people and ensure the safety of our constituents,” he said in a statement. “Our primordial concern is the health and safety of the public, we do not want them to get infected with coronavirus, which has already claimed lives.”
The city’s annual community-based fireworks display and concert will also not push through this year as this constitutes a mass gathering that can lead to the faster spread of Covid-19.
Teodoro said an ordinance disallowing the use of firecrackers in the city will be passed by the Marikina City Council next week.He added his Executive Order complies with Resolution No. 19 of the Regional Peace and Order Council, adopting the recommendation on the ban on firecrackers in the Metro Manila. SOVEREIGNPH