Bacolod City bats for stricter fireworks rules

BACOLOD City – The local government unit of this city is set to confine the use of pyrotechnics during holidays by enforcing stricter regulation to lessen the risk of firework-related injuries.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Wednesday enjoined Executive Assistant Ernesto Pineda, head of Task Force Paputok 2019, to coordinate with concerned agencies to strictly enforce laws and regulations on the sale, manufacture and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

Familiaran said he issued Memorandum Order No. 160 pursuant to City Ordinance No. 511 Series of 2009 and Republic Act (RA) 7183.

According to Familiaran, this memorandum mandates the police to conduct inspections to make sure manufacturers, retailers, and users of fireworks comply with all regulations and laws, including RA 7183 or An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, and Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices.

“Pineda should coordinate with the Bacolod City Police Office and Bureau of Fire Protection to ensure the proper implementation and regulation of security and safety of the area,” he said.

Familiaran also said that Pineda is tasked to coordinate with the Permits and Licensing and Treasurer’s Office.

“We make sure that all corresponding permits and licenses for the sale pyrotechnics are duly applied with paid for in the amount of P1,500 for the special permit,” he explained.

Pineda for his part said the city has already designated selling area for firecracker, which include the back of Pope John Paul Tower, Rizal Avenue and Reclamation Area.

He added that village heads will be tasked to identify their prescribed and designated areas for use of firecrackers and firework zone in their locality./PN


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