Firecrackers banned in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 November 2011 17:10

The use, sale and distribution of all forms of firecrackers in Zamboanga is now strictly prohibited.

This, as Mayor Celso Lobregat issued executive order 430-2011 regulating, controlling and limiting the pyrotechnics allowed to be used, sold and distributed in the city and banning the sale of firecrackers in the interest of public order and safety and general welfare of the residents of Zamboanga.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. said the order, issued November 4, 2011 is based on the provisions of Republic Act 7183, the law that regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

According to Orendain, section 12 of the Republic Act authorizes local chief executives to “promulgate the necessary rules and regulations within their respective territorial jurisdiction in conformity with the national standards, rules and regulations in furtherance of public safety, public order and national security”.

As observed in the past, the manufacture and eventual indiscriminate use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices have resulted to loss of lives, limbs, injuries and fire.

Based on the mayor’s order, the following pyrotechnics shall be allowed to be used, sold and/or distributed in the city by duly authorized 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 the foregoing devices.

“Firecrackers, such as but not limited to piccolo, triangulo, super lolo, watusi, el Diablo, Juda’s belt and whistle device among others are herby STRICTLY PROHIBITED”, Mayor Lobregat stressed in the executive order

Only those persons/ entities authorized by Mayor/ Business permits to distribute and/ or sell such product in the city and distribution and sale shall be limited to their registered place of business. Only a total of 50 kilos of pyrotechnic devices shall be allowed to be kept in the warehouse and that replenishment can be done from time to time as the need arises.

The order likewise emphasized that the “importation of finished pyrotechnic devices is prohibited” and if found in the market or in stores of licensed dealers shall be deemed illegally manufactured and shall be subjection to immediate confiscation.

The mayor’s order tasks City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, the Firearm and Explosives Section of the Regional Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual to “regularly monitor and determine the quantities and kinds of pyrotechnic devices held in stock by or in the possession of every licensed distributor or dealer and to  conduct an inventory of same to ensure that the storage of said materials, both in the store and the warehouse, is properly made so as not to endanger the lives and property of the people.”

Violators of the provisions of the EO shall be meted with sanctions in accordance with section 11 of RA 7183. A fine of not less than P20, 000 nor more than P30,000 will be imposed 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 to include the revocation and or cancellation of the business permit or permits.

De Ocampo and the Task Force Limpiesa under the City Hall COMPAC (Community Police Action) are directed to enforce or implement the executive order strictly. — Sheila Covarrubias