Strict enforcement ordered on firecracker, pellet gun ban PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 15:52

As the New Year revelry is fast approaching, Mayor Celso Lobregat has ordered the strict enforcement of the law regulating the sale, display and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics as well as the ban on the sale of pellet guns in Zamboanga.

City caretaker and administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. in an interview over radio DXXX Monday, said City Hall is closely coordinating with the police and other concerned agencies to ensure that the two executive orders issued by the mayor concerning firecrackers and pellet guns are properly enforced.

Mayor Lobregat last Nov. 8 issued executive orders (EO) 372-2010 and 373-2010 banning the sale of pellet toy guns anywhere within the jurisdiction of the city and directing the confiscation of the same and regulating he manufacture, distribution, sale and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devises in the city, respectively.

The issuance of the EOs is in line with the Yuletide season leading to the New Year when the demand for firecrackers and pyrotechnics as well as pellet toy guns is very high.

Orendain said citing provisions of section 12 of Republic Act 7183 as well as the local government code EO 372-2010 allows only the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics that are enumerated or provided in RA 7183 specifically section 2. All other firecrackers and pyrotechnics including and specially those of such explosive content that may endanger life and limb such as atomic big triangulo, super lolo, kwiton (giant kwitis) and watusi and their equivalents are prohibited.

He said the EO directs the acting city police director, the firearms and Explosives Section of the regional police office and Task Force Zamboanga to “locate and determine the quantities and kinds of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices held in stock by or in the possession of every licensed distributor, retailer, wholesaler and to conduct an inventory of same to ensure that the storage of said materials is properly made so as not to endanger the lives and property of the people”.

According to Orendain, City Hall has issued permits to firecrackers and pyrotechnics dealers who were earlier cleared by the firearms, explosives and ordnance division of the Police in Camp Crame.

The law, he said, discourages the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics during the revelry welcoming the New year to avoid accidents.

The safety and well being of the constituents are the main concern of the city government in issuing the executive orders, Orendain said, as he encouraged the residents to witness the grand fireworks display that will be staged by the city on New Year’s eve at the Paseo del Mar.

On the other hand, EO 373-2010 was issued as a proactive measure in the light of the proliferation on the sale of pellet toy guns in down town stores.

It  is of public knowledge that the sale and use of pellet toy guns had been causing so much physical injuries especially among children. With the onset of the Christmas season, the private and public economic enterprises in the city will be flooded with pellet guns. 

In the EO, the mayor directs the acting City Police director as well as Task Force Limpiesa (under the City Hall COMPAC) to strictly enforce the ban. All confiscated items shall be properly accounted for, turned over and deposited at the City Administrator’s Office for proper destruction. -- Sheila Covarrubias