City reminds public on firecracker rules PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:44

City Hall reminds the public about existing rules and regulations controlling and limiting the pyrotechnics and firecrackers allowed to be used, sold and distributed in the city.

At the same time, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. reiterated his call for people to patronize only licensed dealers and not the illegitimate vendors.

Executive Order 481-2012 issued by Mayor Celso Lobregat a month ago provides that 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 likewise 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 The rest of the stock shall be kept in the warehouse from which replenishment shall be withdrawn from time to time as the need arises, based on the executive order, according to Orendain.

Orendain said City Hall has authorized 14 firecracker dealers to operate in the city as of press time.

The 14 licensed firecracker dealers have undergone all the necessary requisites from the Philippine National Police and the Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Section (FESAGGS) and the City Government before permits were issued, according to the City Administrator.

“They can only sell in their establishments and they cannot set up any satellite stores”, he said, stressing that firecracker and pyrotechnics warehouses should also far away from the store or outside the residential area.

“We appeal for people to only patronize the licensed dealers”, Orendain added.

EO 481-2012 regulates, controls and limits 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, Judah’s 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.

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”, the order emphasizes.

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 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. — Sheila Covarrubias