MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) on Wednesday (November 13) released to the public the list of prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.
According to FEO acting director Rommil Mitra, they released the list to notify the public this early of the kinds of firecrackers and pyrotechnics that must not be sold in the market.
Included in the list are explosives that are overweight (more than 1/3 teaspoon or more than 0.2 grams); oversized; with fuse that is either short (burns out in less than 3 seconds) or long (burns for more than 6 seconds); imported and unlabeled; and with sulphur or phosphorous mixed in chlorates.
Meanwhile, the list of banned firecrackers includes:
large judas belt
coke in can
giant whistle bomb
On the other hand, firecrackers that should be used inside the firecracker zone are as follows:
pulling of strings
sky rocket or kwitis
Pyrotechnics that are allowed to be used outside the firecracker zone:
jumbo regular at special
The PNO-FEO reminds the public to maintain safety by refraining from buying banned or prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
Mitra also warned that stores that will be caught selling the banned products will have their licenses revoked and their merchandise confiscated. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
Despite the total ban, there are still reports of firecracker-related injuries in several areas of the region.
Given the results, Mayor Sotto suggests that the government should keep a close watch on the supply of firecrackers to minimize, if not to fully end, the risks of firecrackers to the safety and health of the people.
“Sa susunod na Bagong Taon, mas kailangan tutukan ang SUPPLY. Kung gusto talaga natin na walang firecrackers nationwide o kahit metro manila, kailangan wala ring mabibili ang mga tao. Maraming nahuli kagabi, pero ang totoo mahirap makipaghabulan,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has released a list of pyrotechnic devices commonly referred to as ‘pailaw’ to serve as a guide for people buying fireworks for new year revelries.
The DILG said the following are examples of allowable ‘pailaw’ cited by the Philippine National Police (PNP):
Jumbo Regular and Special
Other similar types of pailaw
However, the DILG stressed that under the Executive Order No. 28, local government units (LGU) have the authority to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices within their jurisdiction in conformity with national standards, rules and regulations.
“Therefore, as authorized by their respective ordinances and issuances, LGUs may or may not issue special permits for the sale of consumer pyrotechnics or ‘pailaw’ in their respective jurisdictions,” the department said.
“LGUs may also prohibit community fireworks display outside of malls and other establishments to prevent crowds as a measure against COVID-19,” it added.
Executive Order No. 28 s. 2017 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte mandates the strict regulation on the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
Firecracker vendors in Divisoria Market in Manila has appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to let them sell their merchandise until the end of the year.
Amelia Fuentes, one of the vendors, said they agree to comply with the President’s directive but they are requesting for additional time.
“Next year na lang kami wala. Pero ngayon payagan niya na kasi na po kami. Nakapangutang na kami, (We will be gone next year. But for now, I hope the President allows us to sell. We already took a loan)” she said.
Jigs Laperal, another firecracker vendor, said they are already prepared to shift livelihood. However, several of the vendors lamented the announcement should have been made a month earlier.
The president on Monday (December 21) announced an agreement with Metro Manila mayors on banning the use and selling of firecrackers.
“Bakit ko payagan ang paputok maraming madisgrasya, maraming mamatay (Why would I allow firecrackers, there will be a lot of accidents and deaths)? Even it is just one child losing one finger, it’s bad enough. It should put government on notice,” he said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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