Bocaue govt tightens security to avoid fireworks-related incidents

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Friday, December 27, 2013

THE local government of Bocaue, Bulacan transferred fireworks store away from the gasoline stations to avoid fireworks related incident.

Rosel De Guzman, Barangay Kagawad of Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan told Sun.Star that the local government officials directed the store owners to move away from the gasoline stations to avoid incidents such as six years ago.

“Utos ng munisipyo na lumayo ang mga tindahan ng paputok na malalapit sa gasulinahan para maiwasan ang anumang aksidente,” she said.

On December 31, 2007 ten stores in the Bocaue was burned causing series of explosions.

Turo Barangay Captain Rosendo San Pedro, also assigned a mobile patrol carrying loud speakers to roam around the stretch of fireworks stores to constantly remind the owners and consumers the do’s and don’ts that will ensure the safety of the area.

“Bawal manigarilyo sa kahabaan ng halili road, no testing sa anumang klase ng paputok, bawal mag-imbak ng paputok sa loob ng tindahan, bawal ang pag-eempleyo ng menor de edad, tiyakin na mayroong fire extinguisher o drum ng tubig sa loob ng bawat tindahan, bawal magtinda ng barbeque o anumang pagkain na ginagamitan ng apoy, bawal magluto sa loob ng tindahan, bawal mag-inuman ng inuming nakakalasing sa malapit sa tindahan ng paputok, iayos ang pagpaparada ng mga sasakyan para hindi makasagabal sa daloy ng trapiko, mag-ingat sa mandurukot at mapagsamantalang tao,” stated Barangay Turo local government.

There were 20 kagawad officials, more than 20 policemen in uniform and 10 policemen in civilian deployed 24 hours to ensure the security in the area.

However, prices of fireworks and firecrackers slightly increased due to the increasing demand.

“Paunahan na lang talaga kasi, nagtaas kami ng kaunti dahil kaunti lang naman ang supply naming tapos ang taas ng demand. Para din maaccomodate naming lahat ng mamimili,” Michael Castillo, a store owner said.

Five star – from P25/pack to P30/pack
Kwitis – from P2.50 to P10/piece to P4 to P12/piece
Bawang – from P1.50 to P17/piece to P3 to P20/piece
Whistle Bomb – from P2.50 to P25/piece to P3.50 to P28/piece
Fountain – from P10php to P500/piece to P20 to P800/ piece
Daylight – from P55 to P65/piece to P60 to P70/piece
Trompillo- from P8 to P65/piece to P10 to P70

Meanwhile, in Barangay Bunducan in Bocaue police confiscated huge amount of illegal fireworks inside a warehouse. Five workers of the factory were captured and brought to Malolos city capitol for interrogation and investigation.

The town of Bocaue in Bulacan, dubbed as the “Fireworks Capital of the Philippines” for its vibrant fireworks industry, is about 27 kilometers north of Manila via the North Luzon Expressway. (Sunnex)

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