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Miss Universe first runner-up dances `Gangnam’ for anti-firecracker drive

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Miss Universe first runner-up Janine Tugonon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — With drums rolling and horns blowing, Department of Health (DOH) officials took their anti-firecracker campaign, on Thursday to Pandacan, Manila—site of the Pandacan oil depot—to lobby for a safer means of merrymaking.

Miss Universe first runner-up Janine Tugonon joined Thursday’s program and did the “Gangnam style,” the popular dance craze used by the DOH as an alternative to using firecrackers to welcome the New Year.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the DOH was studying whether to impose a “controlled ban” on firecrackers if its current campaign would fail to lower the number of persons injured by firecrackers.

“This may really be not enough. We have to do more, maybe more drastic in terms of change of culture, the way we celebrate our holidays,” Ona said.

Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag, who promoted dancing “Gangnam Style,” for the DOH campaign said the DOH had already done “almost everything in the book.”

“If we want to lower it further, we should study having a selective ban,” he said.

Tayag said a “selective ban” would mean that retail selling of fireworks would no longer be allowed and only “accredited organizations” would be given the green light to sell firecrackers.

“We are still discussing this and public consultations will follow,” he said.

As of Thursday morning, the DOH registered 108 fireworks-related injuries, lower than the 147 cases reported in the same time period in 2011, Tayag said.

“So, it went down by 26 percent but we are not going to be complacent about this because there might be more accidents during the new year,” he added.

Tayag said that out of the 108 cases, 53 were caused by the firecracker “piccolo,” five required amputations, while 23 had eye injuries.

“The youngest was a 9-month old baby who was with his mother as they were going to a godparent when someone threw a piccolo their way and the baby was injured in his neck and chin,” he said.

Besides Ona and Tugonon, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim also joined yesterday’s program, which was also cosponsored by the EcoWaste Coalition.

“We have come to Pandacan, a safety hotspot due to the presence of the oil depot, to urge residents to stay away from firecrackers and fireworks as a precaution against accidental explosions and fires,” said Aileen Lucero, an EcoWaster project officer.

“Taking a collective decision to shield the entire community from real harm is worth it, and as the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” she added.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

    I saw her…her beauty is limang dangkal maganda lng kay Melai…maybe, she has the brain… but beauty????…hahaha..peace peace peace sa lahat…

    • JUDGE

      Well, Edward(this is a monkey from Manila zoo) balik ka na sa kulungan mo. O kaya ipakain ka na lang sa ahas. Sana mamatay na buong angkan mo para di ka makahawa sa sakit mo

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        hahahha…truth hurts..no wonder mga netizen nilalait bf ni tugonon..hahaha..kc pareho sila pangit…

        tugonon sounds i..go r..o..t……

        tugonon=native

        hahaha…

        super judge i curse nlng natin buong angkan nyo..pangit…

      • $20722540

        bad yan, discrimination yan…bakit ba galit ka sa mundo?…gutom lang yan.

    • andresa igbac

       how can you say peace when you are not even at peace with yourself, obviously? you’re pitiful, edward. hindi lang sa physical maganda ang tao, sa ugali rin, at lalong dapat nga sa ugali.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        m at peace..peace at in utopia..hahahha…

        truth hurts…pangit…

        kapatid ng pangit ay tugonon…hahaha..

        kapatid ng pangit ay si andresa igbac…

        apilyedo palang ..pangit…

        tugonon=igbac…

        igbac kapatid ni tigbak…hahaha

    • INQ_reader

      Obviously you’re at the tiny minority as far as the whole world of beauty is concerned. By the way, who for you is beautiful in the Ms. Universe level?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        ano tingin nyo sa majority ngaun tulad nyo engot at pangit….

        sabi nga ng mga eksperto kung kagandahan ang pag uusapan basura si tugonon…nagkataon lng exotic beauty nya kya pasnin tulad din siya ni kulto shamcey pangit…

        natakot pa me dre sa mga billboard nila ..pangit…

        rabbit ko nga natakot sa mukha nila…

        time to shine..mga pangit..

        inq_reader daw=pangit…

      • blowcoldblowhot

        Sheep get excited sometimes when there are no
        wolves around.  Now go back to sleep or stay there whatever comes
        first cause we don’t need your verbal diarrhea here. You
        are just engaging in mental masturbation.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        idamay nyo pa kami sa kahibangan ng majority…majority daw? kahibangan ng iilan lng un gag u inq_reader…Ano yan VOX POPULI VOX DEI? hangal..hwag nyo  gamitin ang majority para sa kahibangan nyong mga tanga…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QCH26TQSX75HHJCFXF27KH4YEI ac

      Edward, siguro bading ka kaya di ka marunong mag-appreciate ng kagandahan. Baka feeling mo mas maganda ka pa kay Janine.

  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “Tayag said a “selective ban” would mean that retail selling of fireworks would no longer be allowed and only “accredited organizations” would be given the green light to sell firecrackers.”

    Looks like Miss Universe 1st Runner-up Janine Tugonon is being exploited for political purposes now.

    Her efforts won’t ban fireworks nor is it an anti-firecracker campaign. 

    It’s about the rich shutting down their competition and making it easier for them to profit while they are given “licenses” to continue to sell more fireworks and firecrackers to consumers that will hardly change the statistics of injuries.

    Where’s the brains behind Janine Tugonon to ignorantly fall for such corruption?

  • regd

    If she does ditch the bf, I’m applying for the job.



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