Celso creates group for pyrotechnics sale permit PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 17:41

Mayor Celso Lobregat recently created and constituted a committee aimed to check compliance of requirements prior to the issuance of zoning and or locational clearance for business permit for the sale or dealership of pyrotechnic devices in the city.

The creation of the committee is formalized in Executive Order CL 425-2011 (amending EO CL 417-2011) issued last October 24 with Republic Act (RA) 7183 as its primary basis. RA 7183, enacted on January 30, 1992 regulates and controls the manufacture, sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devises in furtherance of public safety, order and national security as well as enhancement of cultural traditions.

Mayor Lobregat said since the passage of RA 7183 on January 30, 1992, firecrackers and pyrotechnics dealers and manufacturers are required to seek permits or licenses before they can engage in making or selling fireworks. One of the requirements for business permits is the locational clearance.

A warehouse or storage facility is one of the prerequisites for the issuance of a zoning or locational clearance.

The committee is composed of the City Police director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo; P/Insp. Raymond del Prado Sanson of  the Firearms Explosives Security Agency and Guard Services (FESAGS); P/Insp. Cesar Memoracion of the Philippine National Police-Explosive Ordnance Division (PNP-EOD; City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo; City Planning and Development Officer Melinda Cabato and District Fire Marshall Supt. Dominador Zabala Jr.

The executive order stipulates the functions of the committee with the primary purpose of ensuring that applicants for business permits as dealers of pyrotechnic devices have zoning or locational clearance from the City Planning and Development Office and strictly comply with all rules and regulations. 

Specifically, the EO emphasizes that the warehouse or storage used for the sale or dealership of pyrotechnic devises should conform to the provisions of the national building code and City Ordinance 273 as ratified by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).

The creation of the committee is also to ensure the non-repetition of the January 28, 2011 freak explosion inside the Pacific Hardware compound at the Pura Bucoy Drive, Veterans Avenue that caused significant destruction and damage to properties and injury to people.

The City Administrator’s Office has listed the following pyrotechnics allowed to be sold in the city by licensed dealers: sparklers, luces, fountain, jumbo regular and special, mabuhay, roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, butterfly, all kinds of pyrotechnics (pailaw), baby rocket, sky rocket (kwitis) and other types equivalent to foregoing devices. — Sheila Covarrubias