Public reminded of firecracker ban PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2014 11:26

City Hall reminds the public of the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devises which is in place in Zamboanga City pursuant to Ordinance 431 enacted last September 30.

This, in light of the Christmas and New Year revelries when fireworks displays have become a tradition. Police authorities the past days have recorded violations as a result of its strict monitoring of the implementation of the ordinance.

Ordinance 431 institutionalizes the ban on the use, sale, possession, distribution, manufacture and storage of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in the city to permanently eliminate unnecessary injuries, loss of lives, and damages to properties resulting from the negligent handling of the said devices.

The ordinance, signed by Mayor Beng Climaco September 30, 2014 took effect immediately in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 7160 also known as the Local Government Code of 1991.

The strict prohibition likewise is in effect “at anytime regardless of the occasion except if such prohibited items are in the form of a cargo or cargoes that will only be used by the city as transhipment point to another ship or vessel or vehicle or other means of transportation to its point of destination outside of Zamboanga City”.

The transhipment of the banned items however has several conditions. Items in transit are to be stored temporarily in warehouses and other suggested storage facilities deemed safe as determined by the City Government and the Firearms Explosives Security Service Agency and Guards Supervisory Section (FESSAGS) for a period not exceeding 3 days and that the concerned dealer or supplier shall immediately notify the City and FESSAGS of any and all incoming cargo or cargoes containing the banned items.

Any  person or business establishment found to be violating the law shall be penalized with a fine of not less than P1,000 nor more than P5,000, or imprisonment of not less than 6 months nor more than 1 year or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the Court in addition to the cancellation of the license or permit issued by the PNP and the Business Permit issued by the city and the confiscation by the city of his inventory or stock. Administrative fines include P1,000 for first offense; P3,000 for second offense and P5,000 for third offense.

The local chief executive, through the City Administrator, in coordination with the City Fire Marshall, the FESSAGS, PNP and such other concerned agencies are directed to enforce the provisions of the Ordinance. Barangay chairmen are also deputized to enforce the law in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

The ordinance was authored by Councilors BG Guingona, Cesar Jimenez Jr., Charlie Mariano, Juan Climaco Elago II, Eduardo Saavedra Jr., Miguel Alavar III, Vincent Paul Elago, Luis Biel III, Melchor Rey Sadain, Jerry Perez, Roel Natividad, Rogelio Valesco Jr., Myra Paz Abubakar, Percival Ramos and Rommel Agan with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde as presiding officer.

Last year, Mayor Climacoo issued an executive order in response to a City Council resolution directing the temporary ban on the use and sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices within the city.

The ban is primarily because of the risks that firecrackers and pyrotechnic devises pose on lives and properties. It is also to prevent fear, anxiety and contributory factor to the general feeling of threat and insecurity as a result of the September 2013 siege. Sheila Covarrubias