Lobregat regulates pyrotechnics in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 November 2012 14:46

Mayor Celso Lobregat Monday issued an executive order regulating, controlling and limiting the pyrotechnics allowed to be used, sold and distributed in the city by licensed dealers.

Citing provisions of Republic Acts 7183 and 7160, executive order 481-2012 strictly prohibits the use, sale and distribution of firecrackers, such as but not limited to piccolo, triangulo, super lolo, watusi, el Diablo, Judas’ belt and whistle devise among others.

Only 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 are allowed to be used, sold and or distributed in the city by duly licensed dealers.

Lobregat said only those persons/ entities duly authorized by Mayor/ business permits to distribute and/or sell pyrotechnic devices are permitted to distribute and sell such product in the city and such distribution and sale shall be limited to their registered place of business.

Licensed dealers are prohibited from keeping in their stores quantities of pyrotechnic devices in excess of combined total of 50 kilograms. The rest of the stock shall be kept in the warehouse from which replenishment shall be withdrawn from time to time as the need arises, according to Lobregat.

Importation of finished pyrotechnic devices is likewise prohibited. “Imported firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices found in the market and in stores of licensed dealers shall be deemed illegally manufactured and shall be subject to immediate confiscation”, Lobregat’s order emphasized.

The acting City Police Director, the Firearm and Explosives section, ROPD, PRO9 and the Task Force Zambonaga are directed 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.

The same law enforcement agencies are tasked 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.

The said inventory shall be submitted to the City Administrator’s Office for information and record purposes.

On the other hand, all mayor/ business permits relative to the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of pyrotechnic devices issued prior to the date of the issuance of EO 481-2012 are subject to the provisions of the said order. Holders of said permits are required to strictly comply with the provisions of the order.

Violation of the executive order, according to Lobregat, shall be dealt with in accordance with section 11 of RA 7183 which specifically states that 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 one year or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the Court to include the revocation and or cancellation of the business permits.

The OIC City Police Director and Task Force Limpiesa (City Hall COMPAC) are directed to enforce and implement strictly the mayor’s executive order. The city adminsitrator’s office is tasked to see the compliance of the directive.

RA 7183 is the Act that regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and us of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics approved on January 30, 1992. Section 12 of 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.

Lobregat said it is common knowledge that the manufacture and thereafter the indiscriminate use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices has resulted to  loss of lives, limbs and injuries and fire.

RA 7160 on the other hand is the Local Government Code of 1991 which provides that LGUs shall exercise the powers, necessary, appropriate or incidental for its efficient and effective governance and those which are essential to the promotion of general welfare. — Sheila Covarrubias