Quantcast
Latest Stories

Piccolo, kwitis, Goodbye Bading, others lead ‘cracker-related injuries

By

AP photo

MANILA, Philippines—The infamous piccolo, a type of firecracker banned by the government, remains to be among the leading causes of firecracker-related injuries as the New Year revelry draws nearer, the Department of Health said Monday.

Speaking to reporters during an ocular inspection at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila, DOH Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa said piccolo registered the biggest number of injuries at 107, or 58.1 percent, of the total 184 firecracker-related cases as of its latest advisory.

Seventy-eight of the 184 injured were children aged six to 10 years old, and 57 of these children were said to have used piccolo.

Piccolo is a roughly two-inch illegal firecracker that ignites when scratched on a rough surface. Injuries caused by piccolo could be as minor as burns or as serious and permanent as blindness.

Reports had it that in 2011, 265 of the 972 recorded firecracker-related injuries were caused by piccolo.

Herbosa said piccolo continues to attract customers, particularly children, due to its cheap pricing, as well as its packaging.

“Ang teorya namin kaya piccolo ang pinakamarami kasi mura. P10 to P15 lang ito per pack na may laman na 20. Tapos nakaka-attract sa mga bata yung packaging na minsan cartoon, pirate, or kung ano ano (Our theory is that piccolo is the more prevalent because it’s the cheapest. It’s only P10 to P15 per pack and it has 20 pieces. Then it attracts the children because the packaging has cartoon characters, pirates and others),” Herbosa said.

Another type of firecracker which holds the second biggest share to injuries is kwitis with 15, 5-star with 11, triangle with 9, and baby rocket and another unspecified type, with 6.

NCR registered the biggest number of cases at 91, or 48.9 percent of the total number, followed by Region VI with 18, or 9.7 percent.

“Ang mensahe sa lahat ay huwag nating paglarui ng paputok a ng mga bata . . . paalala sa mga magulang, huwag hayaan ang mga anak sa harap ng panganib . . . huwag sila bigyan ng paputok (Our message to all is don’t let children play with firecrackers. Reminders to parents, don’t let your children in front of these dangerous items, don’t give them firecrackers),” Herbosa said.

Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office said it has confiscated 716 boxes of piccolo, along with one truckload of assorted firecrackers and pyrotechnics seized in Manila, and another two pick-ups, and two other jeepneeys loaded with same items confiscated in Quezon City, and Eastern Police District areas.

Six stalls and 35 other ambulant vendors were also closed down.

Moreover, NCRPO chief, Police Director Leonardo Espina also said that as of 4 p.m., 141 persons have been arrested for violations of Republic Act 7183, the act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Republic Act 7183 states that the manufacturers, distributors and users of banned firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices may be imprisoned from six months to a year with a fine from P20,000 to P30,000 once caught.

Among others, Goodbye Philippines, Giant Plapla, Giant Lolo, Giant Bawang, Coke-in-Can Bomb, Bin Laden, Kwiton Bomb, Goodbye Bading, Kabasi, and picolo were those that have been identified as illegal firecracker products.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: DoH , Firecrackers , Goodbye Bading , Illegal firecrackers , Kwitis , new year revelry , Piccolo




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  5. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  6. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  7. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  8. Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  9. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  10. Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • Camilla’s brother dies in US after head injury
  • Luisita farmers storm DAR compound
  • Trillanes, Ejercito confident they are not in Napoles’ list
  • Easterlies to prevail in Luzon, Visayas
  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Entertainment

  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • Business

  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Technology

  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement