DOH Clarifies Proposed Firecracker Ban

Firecracker Shrimp, left, and Dynamite Lumpia, right (Photos by

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – What would Christmas and New Year be like without fireworks?  And firecrackers?

The executive order proposing a national firecracker ban may be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte by December 5, Health Sec. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial noted in a media briefing on Tuesday.

“I hope we can have this executive order out by then. But the President, when I presented it to the Cabinet, said he will be supportive of the regulated use of firecrackers,” Ubial said.

When he was mayor of Davao City, Duterte signed an executive order in 2001 and an ordinance in 2002 that banned firecrackers.

Today, however, the Department of Health (DOH)  clarified that the ban that the secretary recommended to the president had nothing to do with fireworks.  He had proposed banning a spicy shrimp dish that could cause health problems especially for those who are intolerant of hot and spicy food.  It’s also called “firecrackers.”

Also part of the proposed ban is another hot and spicy dish called “dynamite lumpia.”

Now you know.

By the way, here’s the recipe for firecracker shrimp.  And here’s the recipe for dynamite lumpia.


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