Lapu police to inspect firecrackers selling zones this week

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THE Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) will inspect firecrackers and pyrotechnics-authorized and -designated selling zones in the city this week.

Police Colonel Elmer Lim, LCPO director, said in a press conference Monday, December 19, 2022, that the application for permits is ongoing.

He added that only seven vendors have so far been allowed to display the products as of Monday at the authorized and designated selling zones along the road from corner Kinalumsan, Barangay Canjulao, pass crossing Barangay Calawisan to Tacan, Barangay Babag including Sitio Road.

Lim said they will schedule an inspection within this week, adding that it will be done together with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Civil Security Unit Central Visayas (CSU 7), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to determine whether the vendors have complied with the requirements or rules and regulations.

“Ato lang na i-schedule kon daghan-daghan na kay lisod man pod pito lang, sayang atong time pod (We will schedule an inspection once there are several vendors already),” said Lim.

The city director noted that part of the basic requirements to sell firecrackers are business permit, retailer’s permit, dealer’s permit, manufacturer’s permit, fire and safety permit, and CSU permit.

Vendors who will be caught violating the rules will have to pay the corresponding penalty set by the CSU 7, the lead agency in the selling of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

Lim said they have deployed border security and mobile patrol, and will continue to conduct checkpoints and inspections from time to time.

Meanwhile, Lim said the first four days of the nine-day mass, traditionally known as Misa de Gallo, which started on December 16, were smooth and generally peaceful.

“Wala naman ta’y reports nga panghitabo or problema in relation to criminality, like for example nakuotan, nakawatan, or nawalaan og mga personal belongings gikan pagsugod,” he said.

He added that they have already readied their security measures, such as installing a police assistance desk in places of worship.

Lim also said they had not recorded robbery incidents in the city and this can be attributed to the information dissemination concerning the holiday season.

He said they heightened their alertness and beefed up police presence in places of worship and even conducted inspections on main thoroughfares, transportation hubs, seaports, commercial business establishments and other places of convergence.

The inspections have been done to assure that Oponganons can enjoy hassle-free celebration of the holiday season, he added.

“The LCPO will surely stay motivated to ensure the order and security of our Oponganons in celebrating the Christmas season and preventing other elements from taking advantage of the holidays,” said Lim. (MKG)


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