Ubial hopes for fewer firecracker injuries after signing of EO

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the implementing rules and regulations of the executive order need to go through one last round of vetting among stakeholders

SIGNED. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial welcomes the signing of the executive order that limits the use of firecrackers to 'community displays.' Firecrackers photo by Joel Nito/AFP. Ubial file photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.

Duterte limits use of firecrackers to 'community displays'

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order that bans private citizens from staging fireworks displays at their homes

Many Metro Manila cities 'severely polluted' during early hours of 2017

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Initial reports from the DENR show that 6 Metro Manila cities registered extremely dangerous levels of PM2 5 at the start of the new year

File photo from Shutterstock

Firecracker ban, POEA glitch, Trump | Midday wRap

Jan 03, 2017 - 12:29 PM

Watch Rappler s midday newscast with Maria Ressa

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 3, 2017

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday

Duterte weighs firecracker ban impact on 'industries'

Jan 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The President weighs considers the welfare that would be for the greater good of all Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says

FIRECRACKER BAN? President Rodrigo Duterte is weighing the impact of a firecracker ban on 'industries and laborers,' Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 2, 2017

Jan 02, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Monday

PNP hails DOH for #IwasPaputok success

Jan 01, 2017 - 4:14 PM

UPDATED The number of fireworks related injuries is 60 lower than the 5 year average from 2011 to 2015

'RESOUNDING SUCCESS.' PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa is happy that the number of firecracker-related injuries was minimized this year. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Ubial: EO on firecracker ban will help deter indiscriminate firing

Jan 01, 2017 - 4:04 PM

DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial also says once President Rodrigo Duterte signs the proposed Executive Order authorities would be able to regulate the use of firecrackers and reduce injuries

INJURED. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Centre in Manila attend to victims of firecrackers during the New Year revelry on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH reports big drop in fireworks-related injuries in 2016

Jan 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says fears that President Rodrigo Duterte would harshly punish revelers who celebrate the New Year with firecrackers caused a remarkable decline in injuries

NEW YEAR'S EVE INJURY. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila attend to a victim of firecrackers during the New Year's Eve revelry on January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: 141 fireworks-related injuries ahead of the New Year

Dec 31, 2016 - 10:12 AM

A DOH official says the figure is 34 lower than the 214 cases recorded during the same period last year

INJURED. The DOH continues to monitor firecracker-related injuries ahead of the New Year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Eco group holds anti-firecracker parade in QC

Dec 30, 2016 - 12:28 PM

Around 500 residents and local officials join the parade urging the public to ditch firecrackers in welcoming the New Year

ANTI-FIRECRACKER PARADE. Barangay Project 6 officials and residents in Quezon City flaunt alternative noisemakers mostly from recycled materials to welcome the New Year in a safe and non-toxic way at an event lead by the EcoWaste Coalition on Friday at the Barangay Hall. Photo by Darren Langit

105 pre-New Year's injuries reported

Dec 29, 2016 - 4:47 PM

According to a tweet by Bureau of Local Health Development Director Eric Tayag 61 of the 103 fireworks related injuries are caused by the piccolo firecracker

NEW YEAR STAPLE. Victims of firecracker-related injuries seeking treatment. AFP file photo

#IwasPaputok: Firecracker-related injuries rise to 90

Dec 28, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Around 50 of firecracker related injuries as of December 28 were recorded in Metro Manila the Department of Health says

DANGEROUS TRADITION. A man injured by a firecracker arrives at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year celebrations. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Groups urge end to firecracker use on New Year's Eve

Dec 28, 2016 - 11:14 AM

With pets in tow the Ecowaste Coalition and animal welfare groups appeal to Filipinos to choose a cleaner less dangerous alternative to welcoming 2017

PET LOVERS. Animal welfare advocates united to call on Filipinos to stop using firecrackers in their New Year's Eve celebration. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

#IwasPaputok: 70 firecracker-related injuries as of Dec 27

Dec 27, 2016 - 2:45 PM

More than half of the injuries are caused by illegal firecrackers such as the piccolo

#IwasPaputok count: 2 girls, 1 boy injured

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:07 PM

The youngest victim so far is a 6 year old girl from Ilocos Norte who injured an eye due to an improvised cannon called boga

DOH drafting EO to limit firecracker use in PH

Oct 12, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial expects President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the executive order before November

'Sports terrorists' bring new chaos to Euro 2016

Jun 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Croatian and Turkish fans throw flares on the pitch in separate matches

FLARES. Supporters of Turkey react and light flares after the UEFA EURO 2016 group D preliminary round match between Spain and Turkey at Stade de Nice in Nice, France, 17 June 2016. Photo by PETER POWELL/EPA

DOH: 839 injured in New Year revelry

Jan 04, 2016 - 7:02 PM

Most firecracker related injuries are in Metro Manila

INJURED. A Filipino woman (L) waits for medical personnel as a reveler (C) injured from a firework accident rests at a government hospital during the celebration of New Year in Manila, Philippines, January 1, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

At least 458 fireworks-related injuries in 2015 – DOH

Jan 02, 2016 - 1:50 PM

An environmental watchdog also urges the government to declare an all out war against the piccolo the banned firecracker responsible for 78 of the injuries

FIREWORKS OVER FIRECRACKER. Still emphasizing its call for a total ban on firecrackers, the Department of Health wants Filipinos to celebrate the new year in the future by just watching public fireworks display. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

PH firecracker injuries, Dubai fire, New Year in Paris | 6PM wRap

Jan 01, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Firecracker-related injuries rise to 185

Dec 31, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Police says 5 civilians a soldier and a policeman were arrested for illegally firing their guns

NEW YEAR INJURIES. Filipino revelers injured from a firework accident queue for treatment inside a government hospital during celebration of New Year in Manila on January 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Garin urges parents: Keep children away from fireworks

Dec 30, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Health officials say that 80 of firecracker injuries involve children

INACTIVE IGNITERS. Most cases involved children who picked up thrown firecrackers on the road.

Stray bullet kills 9-year-old girl in Bulacan

Dec 29, 2015 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED The girl who was hit by a stray bullet while playing outside her home is the first recorded victim of a stray bullet this holiday season

Firecracker-related injuries at 111, piccolo still main cause – DOH

Dec 28, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Health officials say majority of the incidents involved children and Metro Manila residents

NO TO FIRECRACKERS. The Department of Health urges the public against the use of firecrackers in welcoming the New Year.

No firecrackers! Palace urges Filipinos to greet New Year with noisemakers

Dec 27, 2015 - 2:14 PM

Most of the victims injured by firecrackers are 5 to 12 years old while piccolo remains the main cause of injuries

USE NOISEMAKERS INSTEAD. A Filipino worker glues designs to firecrackers inside a backyard factory in Bocaue, Bulacan on December 27, 2015. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

9 steps to keep pets trauma-free during New Year revelry

Dec 26, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Our four legged friends particularly cats and dogs suffer in silence as firecrackers and fireworks of varying intensity are ignited says PAWS

Animal rights advocates with their pets join in a campaign calling the public not to use firecrackers during the New Year celebration at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Manila on December 29, 2012. File photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Christmas and New Year stray bullet incidents reach 61

Jan 04, 2015 - 3:04 PM

In the incidents reported between December 16 2014 and January 4 2015 43 were injured by stray bullets while one was killed the Philippine National Police says

Malacañang ready to work with Congress to regulate firecrackers

Jan 02, 2015 - 10:01 PM

UPDATED The Malacañang is ready to work with Congress in crafting a law addressing the many firecracker related injuries reported annually officials say

 Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

DOH makes final plea for firecracker-free New Year's eve

Dec 31, 2014 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Health has recorded 176 fireworks related injuries from December 21 31 including 6 that required amputation

DANGEROUS TRADITION. A man injured by a firecracker receives treatment at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year celebrations. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How to handle firecrackers safely this new year's eve

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:02 PM

Emergency management expert Martin Aguda shares these family safety tips for handling firecrackers and fire

DOH: Firework-related injuries reach 162

Dec 30, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Piccolo tops the list of dangerous fireworks already injuring 113 people as of Monday December 29

Local police officers display some confiscated prohibited firecrackers near the rows of pyrotechnic sellers in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday, December 29. The display serves as a reminder to the public to avoid such firecrackers to avoid untoward incidents during the new year revelry. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino's New Year request: Don't use fireworks

Dec 30, 2014 - 12:31 PM

The last New Year s Eve celebrations in Metro Manila led to air pollution levels 10 times above safe levels

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Palace reminds Filipinos to avoid firecrackers

Dec 28, 2014 - 4:15 PM

As of December 28 the DOH National Epidemiology Center says the number of firecracker victims is down by 43 compared to 2013

ANNUAL TRADITION. The Department of Health is expected to provide the final tally of fireworks-related injuries during the New Year revelry on January 5. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

DOH begins campaign against use of firecrackers

Dec 11, 2014 - 7:02 PM

Data from the health department show that the number of fireworks related injuries increased in 2013 and most of the incidents happened in the National Capital Region

NO TO FIRECRACKERS. Government officials encourage the use of alternative noisemakers this coming holiday season. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Another hazardous New Year's welcome

Jan 15, 2014 - 10:58 AM

More than ten years of monitoring PM2 5 around Metro Manila shows no significant improvement in the New Year air quality

NEW YEAR SMOG. Smog carrying toxic particles and metallic compounds submerge Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City the morning after New Year's Eve. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Almost 1,000 injured due to firecrackers

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:42 PM

The DOH says there are more fireworks related injuries this year compared to 2012 possibly due to the longer holiday break

Rappler Newscast | January 2, 2014

Jan 03, 2014 - 2:11 AM

The government speeds up the burial of 1 400 bodies Meralco tells customers to disregard their December bills New Year firecracker injuries reach 804

Rappler Newscast | January 1, 2014

Jan 01, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Nearly 600 injured by firecrackers during new year celebrations Explosions hit Basilan and Cotabato Thousands march in HK to demand full democracy

Palace backs proposal to ban individual use of fireworks

Jan 01, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Instead only accredited groups should be allowed to purchase fireworks with LGUs identifying safe areas for the display

FIREWORKS BAN. Should individuals be trusted with fireworks or should only accredited groups be able to purchase and handle them?

Dubai dazzles in global 2014 party

Jan 01, 2014 - 6:58 AM

The Middle East hub was hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever display pledging to set off more than 400 000 fireworks

DAZZLING DISPLAY. Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year as Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record to cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments. Photo by AFP

New Year countdown: 50-80 injuries hourly

Dec 31, 2013 - 12:17 PM

As of morning of December 31 the count of those hurt by fireworks or stray bullets has reached 262 already surpassing last year s tally on the same date

FIREWORKS. A woman and man work on building fireworks. Photo by Leanne Jazul

Fireworks, firecracker shopping: Local or imported?

Dec 30, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Traders say buyers now prefer imported fireworks over local ones and it s slowly killing their business

Close to 200 hurt due to fireworks

Dec 29, 2013 - 10:32 AM

DOH records 198 cases of fireworks related injuries as of 6 am Sunday

TRUMPETS OVER FIREWORKS. Health Secretary Enrique Ona promotes the 'Iwas Paputok' campaign at The Ryzza Mae Show. Photo from the DOH Facebook page

DOH records first firecracker injury

Dec 22, 2013 - 7:53 PM

A 9 year old boy from Manila was injured by piccolo

DANGEROUS FIRECRACKERS. The government cracks down on harmful firecrackers in the lead up to New Year's. Photo by Rappler

Which firecrackers are allowed by law?

Dec 18, 2013 - 5:39 PM

Local officials and police start inspections and the strict enforcement of laws prohibiting the sale of dangerous fireworks

DOH: Scrap fireworks, donate to disaster survivors

Dec 13, 2013 - 8:03 PM

DOH s Eric Tayag draws attention to this message by dancing to the tune of Katy Perry s Roar

Felines and firecrackers

Feb 15, 2013 - 2:41 PM

A teenage cosplayer who loves cats makes a plea to Chinese New Year merry makers

ANIMAL AWARENESS. Chinese New Years can be cruel to street animals

DOH advises firecracker victims to get anti-Tetanus shots

Jan 05, 2013 - 5:26 PM

The Department of Health says anti tetanus shots are far cheaper than anti tetanus treatments that could cost as much as P30 000