As New Years approaches, PNP to crack down on illegal firecrackers and fireworks

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(FILE) Police officers from the province of Cavite sprinkle water on a pile of banned firecrackers to render them unusable. —PHOTO WITH THE AUTHORIZATION OF CAVITE PNP

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday it will take crackdowns on illegal firecrackers and fireworks according to its regulations, ahead of the New Year celebration.

“Yes, we are ready. We have reminded all police units of the policies we follow to monitor the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in their areas of responsibility. We advocate a safe New Year’s celebration, ”PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos said in a statement.

“The list of these authorized and prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnics is already widely distributed to the public. We hope manufacturers, retailers and the general public will comply, ”he added.

This came after the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reiterated strict compliance with Executive Decree 28 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, regulating the manufacture, sale and use of firecrackers and devices. pyrotechnics during the holiday celebrations.

According to the PNP, firecracker-related injuries have been avoided in many parts of the country after some local general managers ordered a total ban on firecrackers, especially in areas hit by typhoons.

“For the new year, there are still LGUs (local government units) that will implement the same. It will be a big boost for our campaign. But knowing that [the] the majority of LGUs will only resort to firecracker regulation, which means inspections must be carried out, ”Carlos said.

He then noted that the PNP will coordinate with local fire departments and local disaster and risk reduction offices to ensure that these products are only sold in firecracker safe areas.

During this time, sellers must ensure that their products are properly packaged and labeled. They must also ensure an adequate supply of water in their stalls or places of sale.

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