Police Regional Office 1 headed by Brig. Gen. John Chua (PRO1) sustained a generally peaceful New Year’s revelry in Region 1. Chua said, the New Year’s celebration in this region was generally peaceful despite some reported cases of minor injuries caused by firecrackers. As of January 3, 8:00 AM, the Department of Health Center for Health Development – Regional Office 1 has recorded 28 fireworks-related cases (18 in Pangasinan, 4 in La Union, 2 in Ilocos Sur, and 2 in Ilocos Norte).

“The peaceful yuletide celebration is the result of the combined efforts of the PNP, Department of Health (DOH), other law enforcement agencies, local government units and the community who
supported the government’s campaign against the use of illegal firecrackers. The PRO1 has maximized police presence on the streets, in churches and in places of convergence to ensure the
peaceful welcoming of the year 2023.“

This effort was also complemented by early and extensive information drive of our police on the ground and inspection of stalls selling firecrackers. Along with the intensified campaign against
illegal firecrackers, PRO 1 is also continuously implementing strict adherence to traffic rules and
regulations to minimize vehicular traffic accidents during the holiday season.” Chua added.

Chua also lauded the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies and force multipliers in making the New Year’s celebration peaceful. A total deployment of 5, 152 (2,984 PNP personnel, 516 augmented personnel from PNP/ PCG/AFP, and 1,652 advocacy group members) were posted to continuously monitor the peace and order situation in the region following the New Year revelry
where post-holiday traffic jams are expected.


Amianan Balita Ngayon