Davao Welcomes 13th New Year of Zero-Casualty Celebrations


Davao City residents arrived by the thousands at Roxas Avenue by the thousands on New Year’s Eve to welcome 2016.

The annual Torotot Festival, which features horns of various shapes and sizes, is the city’s alternative to the traditional firecrackers and pyrotechnics display. Once again, the revelry ended with zero casualty for the thirteenth year in a row.

The firecracker ban, which was imposed in 2002 under city ordinance 060-02, yielded no injuries brought to hospitals for treatment. In addition to the ban of lighting up any pyrotechnic device, the ordinance also prohibits the the manufacture, possession, sale and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials anywhere within city limits.

Violators will be fined from P1,000 to P5,000 or jailed for 20 days to three months. Any establishment that violates the ordinance may get its business permit cancelled.

While no one was wounded by firecrackers in the Davao City, three people were arrested for using them during the New Year’s Eve revelry. As first-time offenders, they will be receive lecture on the city’s firecracker ban.

Zamboanga City, which also adopted Davao’s ban on pyrotechnics since 2013, also reported zero-casualty report.