Police destroy seized firecrackers-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Saturday, January 4, 2014
THE Baguio City Police Office destroyed P30,000 worth of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices this week.
Baguio City Police Office director Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr. and Mayor Mauricio Domogan led the ceremonial destruction of the confiscated 2,885 firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials confiscated from December 30 to January 1.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan expressed his delight over the confiscation of pyrotechnic products after he refused to issue a business permit for ‘pailaw’ vendors in the city.
The city mayor said the 23 percent decrease in firecracker injuries or from 15 injuries to 12 injuries this year is already a big achievement considering there is no ordinance banning the use of pyrotechnic devices in Baguio.
Domogan expressed his dismay over Tuba Mayor Florencio Bentrez who allowed vendors to sell pyrotechnic devices in their town.
The mayor said he will discuss this concern with other mayors comprising the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) as he also expressed appreciation to commitments made by La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda and Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan disallowing the sale of firecrackers in their towns.
However, he remains sad over the continued use of firecrackers in the city stressing the most difficult thing to do for a local chief executive is to change the attitude of the people in welcoming the New Year.
BCPO director Cambay, meanwhile, maintained his stand they will file cases against violators of the ban in selling of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in the city.
He said they have filed a case for violation of Republic Act 7183 which regulates the sale and manufacture of firecrackers and its local version City Ordinance 53 series of 2009 against Moamar Jadji Sarip Abdullah, who is now detained at the Baguio City Jail, for selling firecrackers to a minor.
As of Thursday morning, charges are also being filed against Piya Darang, Sarah Dimaampao and Batangko Mariag also for violating RA 7183 and the city ordinance.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 04, 2014.