THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the city level is directing barangays to strictly implement community fireworks display to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties during this holiday season.
In a memorandum order signed by City DILG director Jane Docallos, each barangay is ordered to identify community fireworks display areas and secure a permit from the City Government.
The community fireworks display activity will be conducted only under the supervision of a personnel trained by the police.
Docallos also reminds the public to only patronize those authorized firecracker sellers and retailers as they are already checked and have passed the standards set by the government.
She said the designated areas for selling are in Rodelsa Rotunda area and in open areas in Limketkai, SM Downtown Premier and SM Uptown. Selling of the items in markets, sari-sari stores, sidewalks, households, and other places are strictly prohibited.
Docallos has directed the barangay chieftains to identify and submit their community fireworks display area, specifying the date and time, conduct information dissemination in the community about the dangers of using illegal pyrotechnic devices, and advocate the Iwas Paputok campaign of the government.
Barangay tanods are also ordered to closely monitor suspected illegal sellers of firecrackers and immediately coordinate with police stations.
In the last 2 years, the city maintains zero firecracker-related injuries and casualties, and officials want to achieve this record this year once again.