Number of firecracker victims soars to 42

UNTV News   •   December 28, 2017   •   3282

MANILA, Philippines – The number of firecracker-related injuries in the country has already climbed to 42 since the 21st of December.

Twenty-six of the victims sustained injuries due to piccolo, 4 were due to “boga” (improvised cannon), while three sustained injuries due to whistle bomb and other prohibited firecrackers.

Twenty-four of the victims are from the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Department of Health (DOH) is hoping the number will not further rise in the coming days.

“Although you say it’s just a small finger that was amputated, or just a part of their hands, still, they have lost a body part. It may affect their well-being. I hope it would serve as a lesson to others attempting to use illegal firecrackers,” DOH Spokesperson Sec. Lyndoon Lee Suy said.

DOH also warned of imposing penalties to those who would violate the firecracker ban. – UNTV News & Rescue

More than P130K worth of firecrackers and pyrotechnics destroyed in Bacolod City

admin   •   January 3, 2019


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

admin   •   December 26, 2018


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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

Firecracker fire burns a tricycle unit in Bocaue, Bulacan

Marje Pelayo   •   December 26, 2018



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)

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