City regulates sale of pyrotechnics-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, August 24, 2013
ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued an executive order regulating, controlling, and limiting the pyrotechnics allowed to be used, sold and distributed by licensed dealers in the city.
Salazar’s executive order stemmed from the August 9 incident when a person was injured and an estimated P3-million worth of properties went up in smoke after an outlet of pyrotechnics and firecrackers caught fire.
Salazar said the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics are regulated by Republic Act No. 7183, an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
RA 7183 authorizes local chief executives to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations within their respective territorial jurisdiction in conformity with the national standards, rules and regulations in furtherance of public safety, public order and national security.
Salazar said it is of common knowledge for the manufacture and thereafter the indiscriminate use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices have resulted in the loss of lives, physical injuries, fire, and destruction of properties.
The pyrotechnics that are allowed under Salazar’s order to be used, sold and/or distributed by licensed dealers are the following: sparklers; luces; fountain; jumbo (regular and special); mabuhay; Roman candle; trompillo; airwolf; butterfly; all kinds of pyrotechnics (Pailaw); Baby rocket; sky rocket (kwitis); and other types of similar power.
Firecrackers that may endanger the lives and limbs, including but not limited to piccolo, triangulo, super lolo, el Diablo, judah’s belt and whistle device or watusi which, when ingested may be hazardous or fatal, and their equivalents are strictly prohibited.
The pyrotechnics shall be prohibited from keeping in stores with quantities in excess of 50 kilograms, Salazar’s order stated.
The executive order also prohibits the importation of finished pyrotechnic devices.
Imported items found in the market and stores of licensed dealers shall be deemed illegally manufactured and shall be subjected to immediate confiscation.
Every village is also mandated to designate a firecracker zone situated in an open and wide area and safe distance away from houses, buildings, establishments and the likes and all village chiefs are directed to comply with the order.
The Firearms Explosive Security and Guards Section (Fesags) and the Explosive Ordnance Demolition (EOD) units are directed to conduct a monthly inspection of all firecracker/pyrotechnic dealers, and upon expiration of the business permit/license business signage shall be immediately removed.
The dealers are also directed to submit a monthly sales report to the Fesags.
Any violation of Salazar’s order shall be dealt with in accordance with Section 11 of RA 7183 which specifically states that a fine of not less than P20,000 nor more than P30,000 will be imposed or imprisonment of not less than six months nor more than one year or both at the discretion of the court to include revocation and/or cancellation of business permits.