A burning tricycle unit loaded with different types of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in Bulacan, Bulacan
BULACAN, Philippines – A tricycle unit went ablaze when a firecracker sparked from the passenger seat on Wednesday (December 26) at Barangay Lolomboy in the municipal town of Bocaue.
The tricycle was loaded with different types of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.
Witness Wilfredo Estrope said he tried to extinguish the fire but it went stronger until it burned the entire vehicle.
“Ang nangyari kanina, gumagas sa kalsada ang isang pailaw tapos nagsindi na. Dire-diretso siyang tumatakbo. Nang makita ko siya sa tapat ng Yamaha, sinabihan ko na sumisindi kako ang isang pailaw mo. Totally siguro hindi nya napansin, Hindi niya na ko narinig,biglang pagdating dito sumiklab na,” Estrope said.
However, he did not recognize the facial features of the driver who immediately fled the scene.
Authorities, meanwhile, ruled that there was no illegal firecracker from among the vehicle’s load except for several items like sparklers and fountains.
Still, the driver of the tricycle will face charges for transporting firecrackers without the necessary permits.
“Base doon sa witness nakita nyang loaded ang tricycle ng pyrotechnic devices. So ide-determine natin unang una kung iyon bang may dala ng tricycle at retailer at kung siya ba ay may kaukulang permit. Pangalawa if above 1000 kl ang dala nya sa kanyang tricycle mayroon ba silang compliance permit galing from Bureau of Fire at permit from PNP,” explained Boacue Police Chief PSupt. Amado Mendoza.
Meanwhile, the dealer or the store owner from whom the driver received the firecrackers will also be charged if they are proven illegal.
Police are still investigating as to where the firecrackers came from and to identify the tricycle driver who escaped from the incident.
Authorities are searching for a nearby CCTV to examine the footages hopefully to help in the case.
Meanwhile, around 20 police personnel are doing round-the-clock monitoring of firecracker stalls in Bocaue, Bulacan to stop trades of illegal firecrackers.
Authorities are determined to arrest sellers of illegal firecrackers under R.A. 7183 or the Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution and Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices.
As of press time, the PNP has not yet recorded any incident of purchasing and selling of illegal firecrackers in Bocaue. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestor Torres)
More than P130K worth of firecrackers and pyrotechnics destroyed in Bacolod City
Illegal firecrackers in Bacolod City
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — More than P130,000 worth of firecrackers and pyrotechnics were crushed, soaked in water and buried in pits in Bacolod City.
These illegal firecrackers, which include Pegasus, triangle, 5-star, katay, kamara, Super Lolo, Kandle Bomb and boga, were surrendered and seized by authorities in the city from December 29 to December 31, 2018.
Judas belt and 5-star top the list of most seized prohibited firecrackers in the city.
Meanwhile, Bacolod City Police has not recorded any firecracker-related fire incidents in the city from December 31-January 1. — Lalaine Moreno| UNTV News & Rescue
PNP checks stalls for permits as firecracker prices soar in Divisoria
MANILA, Philippines — Prices of firecrackers in Divisoria nowadays have spiked by 15% higher than the price last year.
“Tumaas ang presyo kaysa dati na nakaraang taon mga 15 percent yung taas ng presyo ng paputok ngayon kumbagPrices of firecrackers in Divisoria nowadays have spiked by 15% higher than the price last year.a sa ganitong klase tumaas po siya ng kinse,” said Mujahild Mamintal, a vendor.
The increase is due to low supply of firecrackers coming from main manufacturers in Bocaue, Bulacan.
A vendor believes the increase in fees for sales permit is also a factor for firecracker price hike.
“Matumal ngayon kasi laging nireraid yung Bocaue. Doon kami kumukuha matumal ngayon. Mataas ang kalakal ngayon dahil ang permit ngayon ay napakataas times two na,” said Ryan Maoming, a vendor.
It can be recalled that the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not issue new permits to new manufacturers, allowing only old producers with permits.
Because of this, the Association of Accredited Manufacturer of Pyrotechnic and Fireworks has appealed to the police to intensify the monitoring of illegal firecrackers.
In Divisoria, police are seen inspecting firecracker vendors to ask if they have permits.
Police are also monitoring the spread of firecrackers and fireworks without safety standard stickers from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
As of press time, there are no recorded offenders or any untoward incident related to firecrackers in the commercial center.
Divisoria firecracker and firework vendors, meanwhile, are hoping that they can earn their profits before 2018 ends as they expect that firecrackers will be in demand. — UNTV News & Rescue
Price of firecrackers spike by 30% in Bocaue, Bulacan
BULACAN, Philippines – Vendors expressed concern over low supply of firecrackers from manufacturers in Bocaue ahead of the year-end revelry.
This low supply prompted them to increase in prices by 30% from the previous price.
Ding Dinglasan observed that in the past 20 years as firecracker vendor, it was just this year that the firecracker capital of the Philippines experiences shortage in supplies.
Ding added that many firecracker manufacturers did not deliver additional stocks even the regular suppliers such as Arial, Platinum and Diamond, a well-known firecracker manufacturer in Bulacan.
“Dadalawa na lang. Dati lima iyan talaga. (Iyong) Arial hinahanap ng ibang tao pero wala na. Iyong Platinum marami ring naghahanap noon dahil magandang brand. Kaya lang wala rin silang parating, Iyong Diamond naman mga fountain lang kaya hahanapin yun,” he said.
Currently, firecrackers like the so-called ‘sawa’ now sells at P700 from the previous P500 per 2,000 rounds; P450 (from P300) per 1,000 rounds; and P200 (from P150) per 500 rounds.
Decorative lighting devices, meanwhile, now sells at P25,000 for every 200 shoots, an P5,000 increase from previous price; P5,000 (from P3,500) for every 100 shoots; P2,500 (from P2,000) for every 49 shoots; and P800 (from P500) for every 16 shoots.
Sparklers now sell at P35 (from P30) for each bundle while the fountain now costs P50 (from P25) for every piece.
“Expected naman na mataas kasi kulang ang mga suplay talaga. Mas maraming stock dati kaysa ngayon,” explained Marcelo Angeles of the Marcelo Fireworks Dealer.
Still, firecracker vendors are looking forward to the surge of buyers beginning December 27 until December 31 on the eve of the new year when the demand for firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices peaks. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestor Torres)