BACOLOD

68 firecracker vendors secure permit

ONLY 68 firecracker vendors in Bacolod City can display their products at the firecracker zone behind the Pope John Paul II Tower at the Reclamation Area in the city.

This was stressed by Executive Assistant Ernie Pineda, head of the market coordinating and monitoring task group, Friday, December 13, after some of the firecracker vendors failed to comply with the requirements.

Pineda said last month, about 71 firecracker vendors secured special permit, but three of them failed to comply with the requirement set by the city government and the Bacolod City Police Office.

He said the documents of the 68 firecracker vendors were already forwarded to the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas for its approval and it’s expected to be released on Monday.

“As soon as they have the copy of the PNP’s approval, they can start to display their products at the firecracker zone until December 31,” he added.

Pineda noted the firecracker stalls were already inspected by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for its fire safety compliance, and the vendors also underwent fireworks safety seminar, which was held in Bacolod City last year.

Pineda said vendors selling outside the identified firecracker zone will be penalized, and their products will be confiscated.

He said the monitoring team, along with the BFP and BCPO, will be deployed to various areas to confiscate illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

He added the PNP also provided the list of the fireworks and pyrotechnics devices considered legal and allowed to be sold by retailers.

These are Baby rocket, Judas’ belt, El Diablo, Paper caps, Pulling of strings, Sky rocket (kwitis), small triangulo, Butterfly, Fountain, Jumbo, regular and special luces, Mabuhay, Roman Candle, Sparklers, Trompillo, and Whistle device.

Based on Republic Act No. 7183, or an Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, and Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices, prohibited fireworks include Super Lolo, Goodbye Earth, Five Star, whistle bomb, atomic triangle, piccolo, watusi, bogo, and pla-pla. (MAP)


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