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APIR! The use of firecrackers has long been part of the Filipino tradition especially in New Year revelry. As if welcoming the new year is not complete without the powerful firecrackers and pyrotechnics such as bawang, judas belt, baby rocket, five star, sawa, super lolo and the like, that endanger life and limbs. The Department of Health (DOH) has long been advocating for a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers. There is an existing law, Republic Act 7183, that mandates regulated sale, manufacture, distribution and the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devises. Some local government units have even ordinances prohibiting and or regulating the sale of firecrackers in efforts to prevent fire- cracker related injuries. But these are not strictly implemented . Some people are just plain hard headed or adventurous they indiscriminately use firecrackers resulting to injuries mostly on hands and eyes. For two decades, through surveillance and monitoring, injuries and deaths brought about by the use of fireworks and firecrackers still shows a very slight downward trend. From December 21, 2010 to January 5 .2011, DOH recorded 1,022 total injuries of which l, 972 were fireworks-related, 39 from stray bullet and 11 from fireworks ingestion. The sad fact is most victims are children aged 110 years. To help strike a balance between merriment and safety, from the Iwas Paputok campaign, the DOH this year is advocating a new firework-injury reduction campaign dubbed as 'Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction' or APIR (Give Me Five). APIR is symbolized by the complete set of fingers representing five reminders to prevent injury from firecrackers and five simple tips to keep safe while celebrating the holidays. These reminders are : firecrackers/fireworks cause injuries and endanger health; children should not use any of such type; the public especially children should keep away from exploding firecracker/fireworks; never pick-up used firecracker/fireworks; and for the public to seek immediate medical treatment for any or all firecracker/firework-related injuries. The APIR also calls for patronizing pyrotechnics display or use of safer merry-making materials such as trumpets, torotot, vehicle-horns, tin cans and other safe noise makers in welcoming 2012 instead of explosive firecrackers. DOH is also enjoining the public to organize community fireworks display This involves the designation of an area for a common fireworks display in the communities to discourage the indiscriminate use of firecrackers. The help and cooperation of everyone in the reduction of firecrackerrelated injuries in the country is enjoined. Let us heed the reminders and tips of the DOH for a yuletide celebration that fun-filled, exciting, and safe. APIR! Frank Cimatu, PDI - North Luzon Bureau

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Press Conference for 2011's celebration of National Human Rights Consciousness Week with a theme: "End Impunity: Make Human Rights a Way of Life" held at CHR 1 office Francisco Ting bldg., Pagdalagan, San Fernando City, La Union

Media meet - members of the Nueva Vizcaya Press Club (NVPC) with PIA Prov'l coordinator Ben Moses Ebreo at the PIA office in Nueva Vizcaya


Holy Angel University students looks on the IEC materials on anti-illegal drugs of the Angeles City Anti-Drug Abusive Council (ACADAC) during the Anti-Illegal Drug week celebration

Kapihan sa Baguio on the Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction with DOH, PNP, and BFP officials at the DOH-CAR Training Center


,PDI


s c i t s i t a t S by: BAS/DA


Ilocos Norte Crime Statistics

National Statistical Coordination Board


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Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Laoag City Staff Meeting Vigan City Council Session Sangguniang Panlungsod (Pangasinan) Regular Session La Union Infocen’s PIA News Desk Seminar-Workshop on Philippine Development Plan Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Pangasinan Infocen’s “Pantongtongan Tayo” Radio Program over DZMQ Pangasinan Infocen’s Basketball Goodwill Games and Entertainment Sangguniang Panlungsod (Vigan City) Regular Session Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over DWFB La Union Infocen’s Population and Development Week La Union Infocen’s PIA News Desk Seminar-Workshop on Philippine Development Plan Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over DWFB Pangasinan Infocen’s Monitoring of Celebration of Bonifacio Day La Union Infocen’s PIA News Desk Seminar-Workshop on Philippine Development Plan Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over DWFB La Union’s Infocen’s “Ammuentayo” Radio Program over DZNL Pangasinan Infocen’s KBP Forum Pangasinan Infocen’s Journalism Seminar for DepED Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Pangasinan Infocen’s Media in Action Forum

December 12, 1PM

Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee 4th Quarter Meeting, DENR, Tug. City

December 12, 1PM

Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) Regional Inter-Collegiate Population Debate, Crown Hotel, Tug. City

December 13, 9AM

DTI – One Town One Product (OTOP) meeting, DTI Cagayan

December 14, 8AM

Orientation/Consultative Meeting on the renewed campaign in preventing fireworks-related injuries, DOH Conference Hall, Carig, Tuguegarao City.

December 14, 8:30AM RGIN-TWG workshop, NEDA, Tug. City December 14

31st Pag-Ibig Fund anniversary, turn-over of the 28 computer units to selected public elem. school

December 15-17

DepEd Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) Elementary and Secondary, Gattaran, Cagayan. RD Licas as evaluator on News Writing, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, and Copy and Headline Writing.

December 16

Christmas Party with Nueva Vizcaya Press Club

December 16, 9AM

Forum on Free Trade Agreements dubbed as “Doing Business in Free Trade Areas I-Market Approach”, Brickstone Mall, Tuguegarao City.

December 20

Regional OTOP Fiesta Trade Fair, Theme: “Proud Ako Sa OTOP Ko…Kaagapay Ko Ito” Brickstone Mall, Tug. City

December 20, 8:30 am Regional Nutrition Committee 4th quarter meeting, Kainang Pilipino Tug. City December 21, 9am

Regional Risk Reduction and Management Council 2 4th quarter meeting, Ivory Hotel, Tug. City

Every Monday - Cover Isabela Sangguniang Panlalawigan session Every Tuesday - Tipon-Tipan sa PIA, 9-10 am - Tungtongan Ti Tribu Biskayano, 2 pm

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