For fourteen straight years, Davao City has achieved casualty-free Christmas celebration.
As it’s no fun to be injured in the revelry, the city has the rightful claim to “More Fun in Davao” monicker for the holiday season. Credit not only goes to the government which has been consistent in its implementation — possession of even small pyrotechnic is subject to arrest — but also to local citizens who have become used to having fun without lighting firecrackers.
This year, four people, including two minors who were “in the act of exploding firecrackers” were arrested. The City Ordinance 060-02 Series of 2002 prohibits the sale, manufacture, distribution, possession and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao. Even before the ordinance was first implemented in 2002, the city already had zero-casualty record for Christmas in 2001.
Dr. Leopoldo Vega, Southern Philippines Medical Center chief of hospital reported the zero casualty celebration this year.
City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was the incumbent when the city ordinance was passed, made it clear he has no intention to consider revision of the total ban on firecrackers in the city, citing that Ordinance 060-02 “is a good law.”