City Hall regulates sale of pyrotechnic devices PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 August 2013 13:41

Mayor Beng Climaco has issued an executive order regulating, controlling and limiting the pyrotechnics allowed to be used, sold and distributed in the City of Zamboanga by duly licensed dealers.

The mayor’s executive order stemmed from the August 9 incident wherein a stock of pyrotechnics and firecrackers exploded in one of the stores in Barangay Guiwan that triggered a conflagration within the vicinity.

In issuing EO BC 04-2013, Climaco stressed that the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics are regulated by R.A. 7183 dated Jan. 30, 1992.

The said law also 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.

According to her, it is of common knowledge that the manufacture and thereafter the indiscriminate use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices have resulted in the loss of lives, physical injuries, fire and destruction of properties.

Under the executive order, the following pyrotechnics shall be allowed to be used, sold and/or distributed in the city of Zamboanga 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 of similar power.

Firecrackers of such explosive contents and power that may endanger the lives and limbs, including but not limited to piccolo, triangulo, super lolo, el Diablo, judah’s belt and whistle device watusi which, when ingested may be hazardous or fatal, and their equivalents are strictly prohibited.

These kinds of pyrotechnics shall be prohibited from keeping in stores with quantities 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 The rest of the stock shall be kept in the warehouse from which replenishment shall be withdrawn from time to time as the need arises.  Storage of other items within firecracker/pyrotechnic store/premise is strictly prohibited.

The executive order also prohibits the importation of finished pyrotechnic devices. Imported items found in the marker and stores of licensed dealers shall be deemed illegally manufactured and shall be subjected to immediate confiscation.

Every barangay is also mandated to designate a firecracker zone situated in an open and wide area and safe distance away from houses, buildings, establishments and the likes. All punong barangays of the city are directed to comply with the order.

The FESAGS and the EOD units are directed to conduct a monthly inspection of all firecracker/pyrotechnic dealers, and upon expiration of the business permit/license business signage shall be immediately removed.

The dealers are also directed to submit a monthly sales report to the FESAGS office

Any violation of the executive order shall be dealt with in accordance with Sec. 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 six months nor more than one year or both at the discretion of the court to include revocation and/or cancellation of business permits. — Vic Larato