Firework ban enforcement stepped up PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:11

With the year-end celebrations just around the corner, the City Government, through the Office of the City Administrator will intensify the enforcement of Ordinance 431, otherwise known as the firecracker ban.

According to City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., the City Ordinance Enforcement Group and the Zamboanga City Police will be on patrol and on lookout for people and dealers who are either selling or buying firecrackers and other pyrotechnic materials.

“We are reminding everybody that we have a firecracker ban in Zamboanga City under Ordinance 431. The City police is helping us out in tracking down people selling firecrackers,” said Orendain Monday, during the regular press conference at City Hall.

“So far, our City Ordinance Enforcement Group have not caught anybody selling or buying pyrotechnics, but the City Police were able to bring down dealers selling firecrackers,” said Orendain.

Recall that from October 15-22, police personnel apprehended two individuals and confiscated one box of five star crackers, and bunches of rockets, locally known as kwitis.

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

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.

Administrative fines include P1,000 for first offense; P3,000 for second offense and P5,000 for third offense.

City Mayor Beng Climaco once again issued her appeal to the public to adhere to the firecracker ban for the safety and well-being of all residents.

“As people make last minute preparations for the year-end revelry, we issue some last minute reminders: the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devises remains in effect; firing guns is also forbidden. Let us have a happy new year by keeping it safe yet fun for all,” said Climaco. — Jasmine Mohammadsali