December 30, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – Private fireworks displays are still banned in Manila during New Year’s celebrations, according to Mayor Isko Moreno.
On Tuesday, Moreno signed Executive Decree No. 52, authorizing community fireworks with valid permits.
“The rule prohibiting private households from building their own fireworks stands. The use of firecrackers should be limited only to community fireworks with a valid permit obtained from the city permit office, ”the order reads.
The following firecrackers are prohibited in Manila: super lolo, atomic big triangulo, mother rocket, lolo thunder, five star, og, pla-pla, pillbox, watusi, piccolo, Giant whistle bomb, big Judas’ belt, large bawang, bosa, goodbye Philippines, goodbye Earth, bin Laden, coke in a can and kabasi.
“These firecrackers could endanger life and physical integrity,” Moreno said.
Under Republic Law 7183, which regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers, offenders will be liable to a fine of up to P 30,000 or a sentence of six months to a year in prison.
Moreno urged the public to save their money instead of spending it on firecrackers.
“Save money for a rainy day. We are still in a pandemic, ”he said.
The local government of Valenzuela will also enforce a firecracker ban.
Based on an ordinance approved by the Valenzuela government in 2020, the manufacture, use and sale of firecrackers is prohibited in the city.
Violators will be fined P 5,000 and face up to 30 days in prison.
The city government has called on the public to use safe noise makers such as horns, drums and loud music to welcome the New Year.
In Pateros, Mayor Miguel Ponce III said firecrackers and pyrotechnics are prohibited in the municipality.
Ponce said groups wishing to organize community fireworks must obtain permits from the municipal government and local police. – Ghio Ong