EASTERN Visayas has six registered dealers and 67 retailers of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, according to the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas.
“We are reminding the public to be mindful in buying firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices as only authorized dealers and retailers are allowed to sell the said merry-making items,” said Brigadier General Ferdinand Divina, police regional director.
Registered dealers in Ormoc City are Abobarar Store and Maste Firecrackers and Pyrotehcnic Products, while in Tacloban City are Alta Mega Trader, Barstow Grain Supply and Marketing, KJK Fireworks Supply, and Tacloban Tap Commercial Inc.
Authorized retailers in Northern Samar are Allan V. Sayde, Annie S. Pestaño, Wanisah A. Mamaki, Rakie B. Colangcag, Pacaambung D. Pocol, Yusoph T. Panda, Alvin E. Chan and Maricon B. Ablig.
In Samar, registered retailers are Azis M. Cabib, Arep S. Ampatua, Joharry P. Mamaki, Alex D. Ali, Jamiron P. Masacal, Normila P. Pagsidan, Haron M. Omar, Abo A. Panga-an, Abdul Divith L. Pagsidan and Romy D. Dela Cruz.
The 10 retailers in Biliran are Jalil Cabugatan, Elias Ali, Allan Ameril, Elian S. Camad, Akob Suma, Hairah E. Ampaso, Lanie Bara-acal Panansar, Aslimah S. Ampaso and Jam T. Elian.
Eastern Samar has Inok R. Mapandi, Nasrodin D. Dimapunong, Moh’d Hizzam P. Orintar, Jomar M. Hadjitaha, Buhari A. Pandapatan, Arafat R. Rapiz, Amerhassan D. Pandapatan, Ikie S. Odita and Edwin D. Buenafe.
Ormoc, they are Maste O. Dibarosan, Junaid T. Dibarosan, Josar Abdulah M. Sultan, Liezl U. Alang, Rahman M. Amatunding, Hasim P. Ali, Latep A. Tomanong, Laut S. Amatonding and Asniah M. Amatonding.
In Southern Leyte, the eight authorized retailers are Sahrimah S. Emam, Salima M. Sambolawan, Rasmia S. Putan, Noraya M. Pagador, Jumailah S. Emam, Felix M. Millarosas, Martha R. Millarosas and Saidamen M. Pangandaman.
Leyte Province has Joel Pusay, Eduardo B. Chu, Enrique Lil R. Ramones, Ernesto C. Aniñon, Cirilo P. Cinco, Francisco M. Mandreza and Satur R. Pedrabuena while Tacloban City has MAC Fireworks and M&S Fireworks.
Senior Master Sergeant Kim Adrian Urmeneta of the Enforcement and Inspection-PNCO in the region maintained that any imported and unmarked firecrackers are illegal and will be confiscated.
Meanwhile, Colonel Marvin Manuel Pepino, acting deputy regional director for administration, urged the public to report the civilians or police officers who use their guns during the holiday merry-making activities.
“If possible, take a video of those offenders. We will not hesitate to file administrative and criminal cases to those police officers who engage in indiscriminate firing,” Pepino told Tacloban reporters in a press conference Monday, December 23.
The police official, however, added that they have already stopped the tradition of taping their gun muzzles during the Christmas holiday, saying that the Philippine National Police is a “responsible and professional organization.” (SunStar Philippines)