BFP, PNP holds fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan

admin   •   December 4, 2018   •   2511

Firefighters extinguishing fire from a burning store in a fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan

BULACAN, Philippines — Complete with fire alarms and firefighters battling fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) conducted a fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday (December 3).

The BFP staged a burning store which supposedly exploded due to firecrackers.

Using a firetruck and water, the fires were brought under control.

This was followed by the response of the rescue team to the victims of the incident.

After the drill, BFP and Bulacan-PNP inspected retailers and wholesalers of firecrackers in the country’s fireworks capital.

Authorities checked whether they have business permits and the permit to operate issued by Camp Crame.

They also ensured if there are fire extinguishers inside the stores as well as sand and water drums for extinguishing fires.

BFP chief Leonardo Banago said that the safety of everyone is important.

“Unang unang ipinagbabawal yung paninigarilyo, so dapat diyan no smoking. Yung pagtetesting ng ating mga produkto, diyan kasi madalas nagkakaroon ng insidente ng sunog,” said the chief.

“Dapat i-observe din yung distances ng mga manufacturing site natin at selling display area. Observe din natin yun para maiwasan din natin yun na pagkanagkaroong ng sunog ay walang madadamay na iba,” he said.

“Doon sa mga manufacturer, sundin natin kung ano yung naka-set na mga guidelines. Doon naman sa mga nagtitinda, sundin natin dapat mayroon tayong business permit, at yung tinitinda natin ay naayon doon sa mga nasabing regulation,” said Bulacan-PNP Provincial Director PSSupt Chito Bersaluna.

Although no one has violated the laws, the fire bureau and the police have restated the ban on illegal firecrackers based on Executive Order 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Several vendors are worried about low sales since consumers are now afraid to purchase firecrackers.

“Ngayon po kasi malaki po ang pinagbago ng paputok natin. Marami pong pinagbawal ang ating president, kaya po yung mga seller ng paputok natin bumaba ng konte ngayon,” said Ine Medrano, a fireworks vendor.

In 2017, President Duterte has issued an executive order providing for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Under this order, fireworks display are allowed only in designated areas in a community and must be under the supervision of a PNP-licensed and trained personnel. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue

DENR urges public to wear face masks due to air pollution from fireworks

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 1, 2020

The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) advises the public to wear face masks due to the air pollution brought by fireworks.

According to the DENR, there is still a high level of air pollution in the surroundings even after the lighting of fireworks has died down. However, the level of air pollution during the holiday has decreased since 2016.

In Metro Manila, Mandaluyong (399 µg/m³), Las Piñas (376 µg/m³), and Pasig (367 µg/m³) have recorded the highest level of air pollution.

DENR Undersecretary Benny Entiporda said there will still be residues of firecrackers on the ground so they still advise the public to wear face masks especially those who have asthma.

“Kapag may dumaan na sasakyan aalikabok of course malalanghap pa rin ng tao iyan (When vehicles pass by, people can inhale the dusts),” he said.

The DENR also encourages establishments or groups to no longer conduct pyrotechnics show to prevent pollution.

“Would you imagine, sa maigsing panahon na pagdiriwang natin ay habang buhay na dala na po ng baga natin ito pong metals na ito? (Would you imagine that in a short span of time we would carry these metals in our lungs?),” Entiporda said.—AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DTI orders PNP to seize firecrackers with no PS markings

Maris Federez   •   December 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has tasked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to confiscate firecrackers being sold in Bulacan without Product Safety (PS) markings.

In an inspection it conducted in Bocaue, Bulacan on Friday (Dec. 20), the DTI checked several types of firecrackers to see if they have the PS marking.

According to DTI Assistant Secretary for Consumer Protection Group Atty. Anne Claire Cabochan, the PS mark is proof that the product has undergone a thorough inspection and is safe to use.

“Lalo na yung mga produktong na medyo delicate to handle kung hindi yan dumaan ng certification process yung manufacturing nila tsaka yung handling storage at lahat eh hindi dumadaan sa tamang proseso mas malaki yung magiging danger,” Cabochan said.

Cabochan said the DTI will make an inventory of all those without the PS markings and will ask the PNP to confiscate the product after inventory.

The DTI also announced that the license of Phoenix Fireworks has already expired since Wednesday (Dec.18).

With this, the legitimate manufacturers left in the market as far as the DTI is concerned are Tiger Fireworks and Pegasus Fireworks.

The agency, however, clarified that Phoenix can still sell the rest of its fireworks products as they were manufactured before the expiration of its license. — (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

PNP-FEO releases list of prohibited firecrackers

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) on Wednesday (November 13) released to the public the list of prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

According to FEO acting director Rommil Mitra, they released the list to notify the public this early of the kinds of firecrackers and pyrotechnics that must not be sold in the market.

Included in the list are explosives that are overweight (more than 1/3 teaspoon or more than 0.2 grams); oversized; with fuse that is either short (burns out in less than 3 seconds) or long (burns for more than 6 seconds); imported and unlabeled; and with sulphur or phosphorous mixed in chlorates.

Meanwhile, the list of banned firecrackers includes:

  • piccolo
  • super lolo
  • atomic triangle
  • large judas belt
  • large bawang
  • pillbox
  • bosa
  • goodbye Philippines
  • bin laden
  • mother rocket
  • lolo thunder
  • coke in can
  • atomic bomb
  • five star
  • pla-pla
  • giant whistle bomb
  • kabasi
  • watusi

On the other hand, firecrackers that should be used inside the firecracker zone are as follows:

  • baby rocket
  • bawang
  • el diablo
  • judas belt
  • paper caps
  • pulling of strings
  • sky rocket or kwitis
  • small trianggulo

Pyrotechnics that are allowed to be used outside the firecracker zone:

  • butterfly
  • fountain
  • jumbo regular at special
  • luces
  • mabuhay
  • roman candle
  • sparklers
  • trompillo
  • whistle devices

The PNO-FEO reminds the public to maintain safety by refraining from buying banned or prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

Mitra also warned that stores that will be caught selling the banned products will have their licenses revoked and their merchandise confiscated. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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