The use and sale of firecrackers are also banned in Taguig City.
Members of the Taguig City Council passed Ordinance 87 prohibiting “any person to sell, distribute, discharge, explode or cause to discharge or to explode any firecracker, pyrotechnic device, or any such other similar device outside the designated firecracker zones.”
The city councilors believed that prohibiting firecrackers “will not only reduce the risk of firecracker-related injuries, but also discourage mass gatherings and will thus reduce community transmission of the pandemic.”
“Taguig City will always strive to ensure that the New Year Celebrations be as orderly, safe, and peaceful as possible, which this year includes safety from the pandemic,” the ordinance stated.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lino Edgardo Cayetano conducted a meeting with city councilors and members of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to discuss security plans during emergency situations at the remaining days of the holiday season.
Cayetano said the meeting was also organized to prepare for the rainy long weekend based on the forecast of the Taguig Open-Access Weather and Environmental Response System.
The system is the first of its kind technology that offers real-time, round-the-clock feeds from cameras situated across some 100 locations.
“Due to the heavy rains this past few days, the lake’s water level is also being monitored to administer emergency response in case of flash floods,” Cayetano said.
The city chief executive urged his constituents to spend the weekend and remaining days of the holiday season in their households for a safer celebration of the incoming new year.