Malacañang on Wednesday urged Filipinos to donate to families affected by typhoon “Odette” instead of spending money on firecrackers.

In a virtual presser, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) No. 28, which limits the use of firecrackers to community displays, remained in effect.

“To minimize the risk of injuries and casualties, the use of firecrackers shall be confined to community fireworks display,” Nograles said, citing the EO.

“Imbes na igastos natin sa paputok, sa firecrackers na bawal po, ibigay na lang po natin sa mga kababayan natin na nangangailangan. Those na tinamaan, lubos na naapektuhan ng typhoon ‘Odette,’ doon na lang po natin ibigay ang tulong natin,” Nograles added.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be cracking down on unauthorized fireworks displays, Nograles said.

Community fireworks displays, according to Nograles, should be conducted under the supervision of a trained person duly licensed by the PNP.

They are also required to secure a permit from their local government unit.

Earlier, Duterte floated a plan to ban fireworks nationwide in 2021, like what he did in Davao City when he was mayor. John Ezekiel J. Hirro