PNP checks stalls for permits as firecracker prices soar in Divisoria

admin   •   December 26, 2018   •   2143

 

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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

Isko Moreno shuts down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to massive littering

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

Photo courtesy of Manila PIO

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has shut down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to the amount of garbage found in the area during a surprise inspection on Monday (November 11).

Vendors will no longer be allowed to set up stalls along Ylaya Street in Divisoria.

Moreno also expressed his dismay over the negligence of the vendors in managing their waste.

“Hindi ba kayo nahihiya diyan o talagang baboy din kayo sa bahay? Kailangan ko pa kayo sorpresahin? Pinaghahanapbuhay ko na nga kayo, (Are you not ashamed or are you just as filthy in your own home? Do I still need to surprise you? I already allowed you to set up your livelihood here)” he said.

“Kung ganiyan lang din naman ang iiwan sa atin araw-araw, tigil na silang lahat, (If they will leave [these garbage] everyday, all [the vendors] should just stop)” he added.

The Manila mayor also directed all police stations in the area to monitor the streets of Divisoria to make sure no vendors will return especially in Ylaya street.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LIST: Balik Eskwela price check

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 23, 2019

Nelie Ramel and her friends opt to go to Divisoria Market in Manila for their school supply needs. The school supplies they buy are given to children during their outreach programs.

She said they prefer buying at Divisoria because of the affordable prices.

“Syempre po abot kaya. At tsaka dito kasi pwede matawaran unlike sa bookstore hindi pwedeng tawaran, fixed na ang price, (Of course it is affordable and you can haggle here unlike in bookstores. The prices there are fixed),” she said.

However, several vendors in Divisoria said prices of school supplies went up. These are the prices of some school supplies as of Thursday (May 23):

  • NOTEBOOK – P12.00- 15.00
  • PAD PAPER – P15.00
  • INTERMEDIATE PAD – P20.00
  • PENCIL – P10.00
  • BALLPEN – P10.00-20.00
  • ENVELOPE – P6.00-8.00
  • CRAYOLA (16) – P65.00
  • CRAYOLA (24) – P80.00
  • MANILA PAPER – P5.00
  • PLASTIC COVER – P35.00-70.00
  • SCHOOL BAG – P200.00-350.00
  • UNIFORM (BLOUSE) – P80.00-100.00
  • UNIFORM (SHORTS/PANTS) – P60.00-100.00

Meanwhile Laban Konsyumer group also slammed the P1.00-P2.00 price increase of school supplies in several malls.—(with reports from Joan Nano)

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

 

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