BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Health (DoH) -Cordillera continues to monitor firecrackers victims in the Cordillera Region this past Christmas and at New Year's Eve.
According to DOH-Cordillera public information officer Patrick Pineda, there were 19 reported firecracker-related injuries in the region from December 21, 2019 to January 3, 2020.
Abra province recorded the highest number with eight, while three each in Kalinga, Mountain Province and Baguio City while two in Benguet.
Apayao and Ifugao provinces boast zero firecracker injury records as well.
According to Pineda, the youngest of the victims was five years old and the oldest was 61 years old.
He said firecracker-related injuries were higher in the Cordillera during this monitoring period compared to 13 firecracker-related injuries recorded on December 21, 2018 to January 2019.
He said it is possible that the current number of victims of firecracker-related injuries in the region could increase until the reporting period ends.
Meanwhile, Police Brigadier General Israel Ephraim Dickson, director of the Police Regional Office - Cordillera, commended firecrackers or pyrotechnic dealers in the region for their compliance with the law and rules on the sale of legal firecrackers.