TACLOBAN CITY– The Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) has warned the public against the use of unauthorized firecrackers and fireworks this coming New Year’s Eve celebration.
The public advisory aims to prevent the incidence of injuries and property damages relating to firecrackers in the city.

In an interview with TCPO Director PCol. Michael Palermo on “Oras han Tacloban,” the radio block time program of the City Information Office, the official enumerated the prohibited and “prescribed” firecrackers and fireworks under R.A. 7183 and EO 28.

According to Director Palermo, there are 26 prohibited firecrackers, which include watusi, Judas belt, five-star, and piccolo. The said firecrackers are prohibited because of their size and potential for danger when used.

On the other hand, there are eight “regulated” firecrackers, such as Baby Rocket, Bawang, Judas Belt, Kwitis, and other average-sized and locally-made firecrackers.

The following firecrackers are allowed: butterfly, fountain, Jumbo Regular and Special, Luces, Mabuhay, Roman Sparklers, and other pyrotechnic devices or “pailaw.”

Prohibited firecrackers will be confiscated by authorities, and violators will face possible penalties.

Meanwhile, in another development, the police force is warning the public to avoid crowded areas and be vigilant during the Dec. 26 anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines to avoid possible terrorist activities.

“The PNP is warning the public to exercise extreme vigilance and avoid flocking towards large mass assemblies as the CTG is known to launch attacks to amplify their anniversary,” the PNP posted on their official Facebook page.