Beng reminds public of firecracker ban PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 January 2014 16:49

Mayor Beng Climaco reminds the public about the temporary suspension on the display and use as well as the sale and distribution for the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the city, as she called for strict monitoring and prompt actions on violations.

The mayor has urged residents to immediately report to authorities all violations to the temporary suspension order including the indiscriminate firing of guns during the New Year revelry.

She stressed that violations to the order as well as existing rules and regulations will have to be meted with proper sanctions.

Last week, a businessman was slapped with a cease and desist order for violations of the order and other existing laws.

The temporary suspension is contained in Executive Order BC 23-2013 issued on November 11, 2013 which specifically cites the Zamboanga crisis from September 9-29 which brought “untold trauma, stress and anxiety to all its residents” as one of the main reasons for the temporary suspension order.

“The City was enveloped by the deafening sound of mortars, grenades and ammunitions brought about by the armed conflict between the government security forces and the MNLF forces (Misuari faction),” the mayor stressed in her EO.

Added to the armed conflict, Climaco said Zamboanga residents had been victims of at least 2 major fire disasters caused by explosions of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

Primary basis of the executive order is the General Welfare Clause under the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended, in the interest of public order and safety and the general welfare of the residents of the city.

The executive order is also based on a Sangguniang Panlungsod resolution, initiated by Councilor BG Guingona requesting the mayor to issue an executive order temporarily suspending the sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the city this Christmas season.

Fireworks displays have become very common for revelry during the yuletide season but the temporary suspension on the use, display and sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics this yuletide season has caused people to resort to other means of welcoming the New Year. — Sheila Covarrubias