PROCOR deployed more than 1K COPS, New Year’s celebration generally peaceful

Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet – Police Regional Office Cordillera has deployed some 1,178 police officers to secure the traditional New Year’s day celebration.

Based on the reports of the different PPOs and the Baguio City Police Office, more than one thousand police officers were deployed in different places of convergences and transport terminals within the region while some were instructed to conduct continuous patrolling to ensure the safe and orderly New Year’s day celebration.

As of 11:59 PM today (January 1, 2021), there were no firecracker-related injuries recorded in the Cordilleras however, two injuries were recorded due to Boga (can cannon).

In Mountain Province, a 12-year-old boy in Paracelis has sustained an injury in his eye after his playmate aimed the boga in his face and ignited it with the use of a lighter. The 12-year-old boy was brought to Paracelis District Hospital for treatment and was later discharged from the hospital by his attending physician.

In Ifugao, a 34-year-old man in Alfonso Lista has sustained injuries in his neck after a boga has exploded. According to the investigation of Alfonso Lista MPS, the victim tried to test an old boga, but it accidentally exploded and shrapnel coming from the part of the boga which is made of tin can directly hit the neck of the victim. The victim was brought to Potia District Hospital but was transferred to De Vera Hospital in Santiago City, Isabela for treatment.

No illegal discharge of firearms was also monitored during the occasion.

PBGEN R’WIN S PAGKALINAWAN, Regional Director of PROCOR, in a statement, has expressed his gratitude to the people of Cordillera for making the traditional New Year’s Day celebration generally peaceful. Before the onset of the holiday season, PBGEN PAGKALINAWAN has instructed the different units of PROCOR to conduct a massive information drive and to strictly enforce EO 28 or the executive order providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices. (PROCOR PIO)