FILE PHOTO: Manufacture of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will closely monitor the manufacture, sale, and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices ahead of the holiday season.
PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said they will no longer issue new permits for makers and sellers of firecrackers as mandated in the Memorandum Order 31 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte’s memorandum also orders the PNP and other concerned agencies to inspect and ensure that manufacturers, distributors, sellers and users of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices comply with the government’s safety requirements.
Licenses and permits of those found in violation of existing laws, rules and regulations will be cancelled or revoked.
Republic Act 7183 authorizes the PNP to process applications for the issuance of licenses or permits.
Under his memorandum, Duterte also ordered the PNP to confiscate and destroy prohibited firecrackers and strictly prohibit the import of such devices.
Memorandum 31 is similar to Executive Order 28 that Duterte issued in June 2017, regulating the use of firecrackers and fireworks due to “firecracker-related injuries and deaths.”
General Albayalde said that controlling the number of firecracker manufacturers is an initial step to possibly implementing a total firecracker ban in the future. — Lea Ylagan