Firecrackers still banned

BANNING the selling of illegal firecrackers in the Summer Capital must be supported by an ordinance.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan in his recent press forum highlighted the need for the enactment of an ordinance banning the selling of illegal firecrackers.

"We can [ban the selling of firecrackers], ngunit merong concerns na dapat placed sa ordinance so that the basis to implement them," he stressed.

For instance someone is caught violating the order from the city government, Domogan highlighted that through an ordinance, the violator can be apprehended based on the provisions particularly the penalty clause.

"If we have an ordinance to that effect talagang makakatulong yan," he said.

With the onset of the Christmas season, the chief executive stressed he is not issuing permits to vendors to sell firecrackers.

While he is glad that so far no one has come to his office to apply for a permit, he hopes there will be no ambulant vendors in the city.

"Noong inaallow pa natin yung pagbebenta ng paputol, hindi lang sa Christmas at New Years Eve (may nagpapaputok)," Domogan said adding situation has improved since the ban as there were less injuries, air anf noise pollution in the city die to firecrackers.

"Hopefully our constituents will cooperate. For all of us naman to so let us support it," the mayor asked.

The mayor has stood firm in his decision to finally disallow firecrackers in the city.

Last year he campaigned for a unified fireworks show in the Summer Capital fully supervised by experts.

This as he called on firecracker vendors to participate in the bidding for the lights show.

However, several vendors tried to appeal saying at least 22 families will be deprived of their livelihood.

The mayor was not swayed.

Instead he called on residents to change the means of celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Day with fireworks due to its repercussions to the health and safety with yearly reports of firecracker-related injuries. He also highlighted the effect of the pollution from fireworks to the environment.

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