Cateel residents violate firecracker ban

from a report by Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2013 03:20 PM | Updated as of Jan 01 2013 11:20 PM

CATEEL, Davao Oriental - Residents of typhoon-hit Cateel celebrated the New Year with firecrackers despite a firecracker ban.

Although many did not have money, residents said they wanted to bring back hope and joy in their town through the New Year celebrations.

Some of the residents attached pieces of galvanized iron roof to motorcycles to create some noise.

Others celebrated with firecrackers, despite the ban. In the streets, people celebrated the fact that many of them survived the typhoon.

The Morales couple are some of the survivors who have transferred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development's temporary shelter.

The 70-year-olds both suffer from heart disease and other illnesses, and currently have no jobs or homes.But they said their love became even stronger after the typhoon.

"Kapag ang tao ay nagmamahalan, hangang buhay. Til death do us part," Lourdes Morales said.

They did not have any noche buena, had no electricity and were even robbed of their belongings. They also have not been able to contact their child who is an OFW.
Despite this, they still have one wish for the New Year.

"Sana tumagal pa kami ng ten years para mag golden anniversary," Lourdes said.

Meanwhile, there were no firecracker-related injuries reported in the town. Although one died after being hit by a motorcycle last night.

As of now, authorities have no plans to go after the residents who violated the firecracker ban since it's the New Year holiday.