9 nabbed in Bicol for violation of firecracker law

LEGAZPI CITY—The Bicol police has intensified its efforts in the maintaining peace and order and
providing public safety during the Yuletide season.

A member of Lagonoy MPS distributes Iwas Paputok flyers to locals
(Photo via Lagonoy MPS)
Starting December 16, the regional police office has mounted "Oplan Ligtas Paskuhan" per a directive issued by the national office.

The Operational Guidelines for “Ligtas Paskuhan 2014” involve police presence, focused law enforcement operations, target hardening, police community partnership, and information operations.

Nine persons have been arrested by the police in relation to the Oplan Ligtas Paskuhan 2014 project from December 16 to 30, 2014.

In addition, 21 incidents of violation against Republic Act 7183 (An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution, and Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices) have been recorded during the same period.

According to the consolidated monitoring report of the Bicol police, the nine persons arrested are all from the province of Sorsogon.

Meanwhile, six of the recorded violations against R.A. 7183 are from Albay, six from Camarines Sur, five from Sorsogon, two from Camarines Norte, and one each from Masbate province and Naga City.

The total estimated value of the confiscated prohibited fireworks in the region is P75,638.00.

A member of Mercedes MPS puts up a poster reminding the public of safety during the holidays.
(Photo via Mercedes MPS)
There have been no incidents of stray bullets or fire due to firecrackers recorded as of December 30.

Meanwhile, five incidents of unauthorized or illegal discharge of firearm have been noted. Two of which are from Albay, two from Masbate, and one from Camarines Sur.

The regional police office reiterated its call for the public to maintain law and order during the New Year celebrations.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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