City renews call for ‘cracker-free New Year revelry PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2016 14:54

City Hall reiterated its call for a firecracker-free New Year citing an existing Ordinance banning the use, sale, possession, distribution, manufacture and storage of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in the city.

To welcome the New Year, the public is advised to use alternative noise-makers instead of the firecrackers in line with the belief that welcoming the new year with a bang will drive away bad luck and pull in good energy and fortune.

Last year, the city recorded zero-firecracker related injuries.

Ordinance 431 enacted in October 2014 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 is in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.

The prohibition is in effect not only during the Yuletide season or the New Year but “anytime regardless of the occasion except of 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 ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices is primarily to protect the residents from the risks these items pose on lives and properties as well as to prevent fear, anxieties and a contributory factor to the general feeling of threat and insecurity following the September 2013 siege. — Sheila Covarrubias