EO 28 lowered air pollution levels significantly last New Year’s eve
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu attrubuted the reduction of Metro Manila’s air pollution during the last new New Year celebration from levels a year ago to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive to regulate the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
“This just goes to show that the law, if properly implemented and readily complied with by the citizenry, will bring about the needed results for everyone’s benefit,” Cimatu was quoted in a Friday statement, referring to Duterte’s issuance of Executive Order No. 28
EO 28 bans the use of firecrackers and fireworks in households or places of residence nationwide and confines the use of pyrotechnic devices to “community fireworks display.
“We hope that this is just the start and Filipinos will get used to welcoming the New Year without the firecrackers and fireworks that pose serious danger to human health and the environment,” Cimatu said.