QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The local government of Quezon City is just waiting for the completion of the Implementing Rules and Regulations or IRR of the ordinance banning the use of firecrackers in public areas before enforcing it next month.
The City Ordinance 2618 considers roads, alleys, parks, basketball courts, among others, as public areas.
According to the author of the law, 2nd District Councilor Rannie Ludovica, the new regulation aims to help the public avoid accidents, and reduce the pollution caused by firecrackers.
“The safety of ordinary citizens and motorists are threatened because of firecrackers being thrown on the road. Imagine if you were driving and firecrackers are thrown at you or someone will put “sawa” (a long string of firecrackers) on the road,” QC 2nd District Coun. Rannie Ludovica said.
Under the ordinance, the city government will designate a community display area where residents could conduct fireworks display or pyrotechnics. One designated community display area is the Quezon Memorial Circle.
The regulation mandates the apprehension of individuals caught selling firecrackers without permits in public places.
First-time violators will face a penalty of community service.
Those who will be caught committing the violation twice will have to pay a fine of P1-thousand to P2-thousand with a community service.
Third-time violators will have to pay P5-thousand with imprisonment.
Some residents consider the ordinance as a convenience.
“It’s better if they will totally ban it so no one would get injured,” QC resident Adolfo Cogaya said.
“You will be shocked sometimes because you don’t know that the firecracker is already in front of you. Sometimes, you will get injured,” QC resident Benedicta Asis said.
Village chieftains will be in charge of monitoring the enforcement of the law.
It can be recalled that last June, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Number 28 which limits the use of firecrackers in the country to community fireworks display. – Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue