’Cracker injured rise to 862


Dr. Eric Tayag. LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines—The number of persons injured by firecrackers during the holidays has risen to 862, the Department of Health said on Saturday.

Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said this was the total number reported since Dec. 21.

“There were 835 fireworks-related injuries, 25 stray-bullet cases and two persons who ingested firecrackers (as of 6 a.m. yesterday),” Tayag said.

“The total of fireworks-related injuries decreased by 16 percent compared to last year and is eight percent lower compared to the average in the last five years,” he added.

Tayag said majority of the injuries were reported in the National Capital Region (479 cases or 57 percent), the Ilocos Region (68 cases or eight percent) and western Visayas (63 cases or eight percent).

He said 660 victims (79 percent) were men with ages ranging from 9 months to 79 years.

“Twenty-eight percent or 234 cases involved children less than 10 years old and the most affected are those 6 to 10 years old (229 cases or 27 percent),” Tayag said.

He said 705 victims (84 percent of the total) suffered burns but required no amputation; 116 or 14 percent had eye injuries, while 29 victims required amputation.

Tayag added that 406 cases (49 percent) were due to illegal fireworks—including 226 cases due to the piccolo firecracker. A total of 609 (73 percent) were injured on the streets while 220 (26 percent) were hurt inside their homes.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Baka sa nalalapit na chinese new year, may mga firecracker victims na naman.

  • tekateka

    80% of the Nations Squatters are in Metro Manila… Asia’s Garbage Metropolis…

  • boybakal

    Cracker injured rise to 862…. this is really very good news.
    Only 862 injuries out of 100 million filipinos..00000000862% percent ang ratio ng nasugatan.
    Tuloy ang ligaya every New Year, mas marami pa ang namamatay sa katangahan at katamaran.

  • wakats


    DOH Asst. Sec. Enrique “gangnam” Tayag reported in yesterday’s presscon “The number of persons injured by FIRECRACKERS during the holidays has risen to 862, of which 835 were FIREWORKS-related injuries or 16% lower than last year.”

    On January 1, 2013, Sec. Ona reported a total of 413 FIRECRACKERS-related injuries since Dec. 21 or 17% lower than last year’s (2011) total of 498 (philstar, Jan 1, 2013, 2:16pm by dennis carcamo).

    Tayag seems confused about firecrackers like “goodbye Philippines, bin laden, piccolo, super lolo,” etc. which did most of the damage than fireworks that explode high above in multi-colors and very entertaining to watch.  Moreover, the asst. sec. looks engrossed on emphasizing that injuries this year are lower than last year when in fact, they’re rising.  


  • http://www.facebook.com/ProThrowbacks Harv Harvison

    This is reported injuries, how many more were injured that didn’t report, maybe thousands.  Subic/Ologapo seems to be the only safe place to be during the holidays.  STOP THE NONSENSE, MAKE THEM ALL ILLEGAL! 

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