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

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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.

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  • joerizal

    Paano naman pipigilan ng mga magulang na magkaroon ng paputok ang bata kung available sa kahit saan na bilhin ito? at mura pa!!! Yung batas na gumawang legal ang paputok nung panahon ni Ramos ay tama. Ang problem ay ang pag-distribute at pagbenta nito….walang regulations. Bakit hindi yan ang tutukan ng mga kongresista?  Kung meron mang regulations ang distribution, ang problema, as usual, ay enforcement.

    • tarikan

      Pilipinas, they’ll bomb themselves to kingdom come if they have to. Parang wala nang darating na new year. Lord have mercy on them.

      • joerizal

        Kaya nga kung na-invade tayo ng China eh wala na tayong bala at bomba, kasi nagamit na sa bagong taon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    Confiscated by PNP mga paputok; 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.Ano ba yan kailangan bang ememorized yan….dapat yong mga gumagawa ng bawal na paputok ang huliin nila…ngayon sila manghuli tapos paghati hatian nila as I saw in my two eye on TV Patrol mga walang ayos nakakahiya kayo mga PULIS pilipinas pinakita nyo ang tunay nyong kulay pinakamababang uri ng pulis PULIS PILIPINAS shame on you….  

    • batangsulpok

      Kaya nga ang tawag sa kanila ay PULIS PATOLA dahil laging tulog sa pansitan, mabilis lang kumilos kung pagkikitaan o may makukuhang libre.

    • tarikan

      two eye, one eyes? Oo nga Jef may tama ka diyan. Sabi ng kamag-anak ko sa Pinas kapit-bahay nila opisyal ng Foolish (pulis) naku anong panama daw ng Fourth of July fireworks sa harap ng bahay nila. Sabagay libre na ang kamag-anak ko sa pagbili ng fireworks. Iyon na siguro yung mga nakumpiska. 

  • mypride

    Mga pinoy talaga, hanggat may daliri at pupwede pa, mag papaputok yan. Pag na putol na ang kamay iiyak na yan… “huhuhu… di na kami uulit… huhuhu”….

    • Rovingmoron

      Yung mga kapitalista ay hindi Pinoy kundi Tsinoy.

  • farmerpo

     Hinuhuli paputok, di ang gumagawa ng paputok. How stupid can we get, ever???

  • el_latigo

    How can you not be amazed and laugh at the Pinoy’s creativeness & sense of humor? Just look at the funny names for their favorite toys during New Year, most specially for 2013: Goodbye Bading, Bin Laden, Goodbye Philippines (for those who have an urge to commit suicide in this period of merry-making?), Kabasi (perhaps shd be Kabisi instead intended for imperialist Communist China?), etc. etc. All those who lit these giant firecrackers must also be laughing at the same time that is why they also lose either their arms if not their limbs after. I have yet to see the latest tally of firecracker victims for this New Year, because we Filipinos never learn….

    • Rovingmoron

      Papaano nga naman, eh, Tsikwa yung me gawa ng Kabasi, kaya hindi Kabisi ang pinangalan.

    • tarikan

      Dapat laang maputlan ng mga kamay ang matitigas ulong nalintikan na mga yon. Karamihan sa kanila mga batang under-educated so ok laang para paglaki hindi na makapag-boto sa mga artista at trapo hehehe. 

  • dequis

    Dapat pangunahan ng Globe, Smart at Sun maging laos na ang paputok kapag New Year. Sila din kapag bawas ang mga kamay natin, hihina ang venta nila sa load. Ang hirap tiyak mag text kapag kulang ang mga daliri natin.

    • Rovingmoron

      Eh, kahit naman meron kang mga daliri ar kamay kung ala ka namang pambili ng load, ganun din yun.

  • 56del_11

    ang dapat hulihin ung manufacturer ng paputok, alam nilang bawal ang ganun klaseng malalaki at sobrang mllakas na paputok, eh gumagawa pa sila, kesa hulihin ung bumibili.Kung wala nun sa merkado, eh di walang mabibili, wala ding mapuputukan. Peace!

    • tarikan

      Sa duda ko lang kela Bro. Eddie Villanueva (of JIL) karamihan sa factory ng paputok sa Bocaue. Kaya hindi mahulihuli. Kakandidato si Bro. Eddie pagka-senador, eh paglumabas protektado na rin ang mga cabaret (duda ko lang din hehehe) nya. Dagdag ko laang, sa mga naputukan BUTI nga sa inyong mga hina_yupak kayo matitigas ang ulo.

    • bugoybanggers

      Ang namumuhunan sa mga factory ay mga INSTIK pa rin. Haysssss!

  • bugoybanggers

    Hulihin ang mga garapal na INSTIK, sila ang namumuhunan at nagpapasimuno sa mga paputok! Kaya dumami dahil KITA DAMI DIN!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQAI5FOTAR2RBE2QLM7F6SJKOY Jun

    i just dont get it why piccolo is dangerous?! it’s the misuse of this that makes it dangerous. it’s freaking safer than those 5-stars

    • Ronilo Yap

      Yes, it is. Mishandling lang.. kahit nga hawakan mo ang dulo non eh (I tried it) xxl pa.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQAI5FOTAR2RBE2QLM7F6SJKOY Jun

    disiplina lang yan. i’ve been lightin’ up the sky for more than 30 years. and yet no injuries for me and the people around me

  • Ronilo Yap

    Huwag kasi kakain ng biko kung magpapaputok, kasi kain ng kain ng malagkit, di namalayan nag sindi ng paputok eh di mai tapon kaya ayon wasak.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    Not a news anymore – a usual headline every Jan 1 since I was born.

  • frudo

    ipagbawal na ang pag papaputok sa mga kalsada sana may isang lugar nalang sa bawat barangay ang pwedeng magkaroon ng fireworks na gagawin ng mga technician, i ban na ang paputok lalo na sa mga bata. di maiiwasan talaga ang aksidente pag di tayo nagbago ng sistema sa pag cecelebrate ng New year

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