Dec 292014

A Department of Health executive is hoping rainy weather would help minimize the harmful, even lethal, effects of firecrackers on New Year’s Eve, especially in Metro Manila.

DOH Undersecretary Dr. Enrique Tayag said the weather outlook could mean fewer people will use fireworks to welcome 2015.

“Hopefully rain (forecast) over NCR on New Year’s Eve will reduce number of firework use and resulting injuries,” Tayag said on his Twitter account Sunday night. 

Last Saturday, PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said there is a chance of rain on New Year’s Eve.

PAGASA’s extended forecast indicated rain in many major cities on Dec. 31.

The DOH has been urging the public not to use firecrackers to welcome the New Year, citing the potential harm it may cause.

Earlier, the Philippine National Police warned some firecrackers contain dung, making them potentially more harmful. Joel Locsin/NB, GMA News

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