Mayor bans pyro trade

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Friday, December 20, 2013

THE mayor stood firm on his decision Monday not to issue permit to vendors to selling fireworks for the New Year’s Day celebrations.

This despite moves of Councilor Roberto Ortega to intercede between the vendor’s and the local chief executive citing humanitarian reasons including the loss of livelihood of at least 22 families to be affected by his pronouncement to ban the selling of firecrackers and fireworks in the city.

As early as 2011 and then again in 2012, Mayor Domogan warned vendors the city will soon disallow the sale of fireworks in the city and urged vendors to look for alternative means of livelihood.

“I think we have been fair to them and that it is not an abrupt action because as early as 2011 and 2012 they have been advised,” he said.

He called on residents to change the means of celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Day replacing fireworks due to its repercussions to the health and safety. He also highlighted the pollution brought about by fireworks.

He said despite permits secured by the group from the Philippine National Police, the local government authority supersedes this authority.

“Talagang paninindigan natin ito. When are we going to start honoring our words but now,” he said.

In Monday’s executive-legislative meeting, several councilors sympathized with the vendors questioning the city’s centralized fireworks display as well as those sponsored by a mall chain.

Answering statements made by several councilors who took the side of the vendors, Domogan said the centralized fireworks display by the city and a mall are supervised by the Baguio Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service and the police to ensure its safety.

He added these centralized fireworks display are done by professionals and are using quality pyrotechnic products by accredited manufacturers which were bid out by the local government.

He stressed areas where these centralized fireworks display are conducted have been proven to be safe and open spaces.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 21, 2013.

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