Vendors are warned not to sell firecrackers outside designated areas. (photo added)
The Bacolod city government has warned firecracker vendors to sell outside of the designated firecracker area behind Pope John Paul II’s tower in the city’s salvage area.
Executive Assistant Ernie Pineda, head of the Market Coordination and Oversight Task Force, said yesterday, December 27, that those caught will be fined and arrested.
Pineda said only 62 firecracker vendors from the city of Bacolod, who obtained their special permits, are allowed to display their products in the area from last week to December 31, 2021.
He said that the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) along with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will carry out roving patrols in various barangays to ensure that no one is selling firecrackers outside the firecracker area.
Pineda noted that all police stations are already tasked with policing their areas of jurisdiction to arrest illegal firecracker sellers.
Before vendors received permits, they attended a fireworks safety seminar and were required to put up ‘no smoking and no testing’ signage in addition to being told to comply health protocols.
Motorbikes are also not allowed in the firecracker area as they could start a fire while vendors are prohibited from selling their wares to minors.
Only Baby Rocket, Judas’ Belt, El Diablo, Paper caps, Tiring of strings, Sky Rocket (kwitis), small triangulo, Butterfly, Fountain, Jumbo, regular and special luces, Mabuhay, Roman Candle, sparklers, Trompillo, and Whistle device are allowed to be displayed in the firecracker area.
Based on Republic Act 7183, a law regulating the sale, manufacture, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, prohibited fireworks include Super Lolo, Goodbye Earth, Five Star, Whistle, Atomic Triangle , piccolo, watusi, bogo and pla-pla.
Additionally, the city government has urged all barangay officials to submit the list of their identified fireworks zones for the festive season.
Of the 61 barangays, more than 30 barangays have already submitted their lists of identified fireworks areas to the BCPO.
It will be inspected by the BCPO, Pineda said, adding that most of the fireworks areas identified are basketball courts and open spaces.
He stressed that only pyrotechnic devices that use visuals such as colored lights, flames, smoke, sparks and lightning are allowed in the house.
It should be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 28, providing for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
Executive Order (EO) No. 28 provides that local Chief Executive Officers are authorized to promulgate necessary rules and regulations on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices within their territorial jurisdiction in accordance with national standards, rules and regulations.
Violators of EO No.28 will be subject to a fine of 20,000 to 30,000 pesos or imprisonment for one to six years.
Anyone can report the names of offenders to the nearest police station, Pineda said, adding that complaints must be accompanied by photos and videos.