Warning raised anew: Firecrackers are banned

WITH Christmas fast approaching, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) reminded the public that firecrackers and all types of pyrotechnics are prohibited in the city.

DCPO spokesperson Senior Inspector Catherine dela Rey said Wednesday, December 21, that city director Senior Superintendent Michael John Dubria has repeated this warning.

“If found guilty, the violator will be penalized and/or face imprisonment,” Dela Rey warned.

In 2002, the City Council passed an ordinance banning firecrackers and pyrotechnics in all their forms through City Ordinance 060-02 approved by then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The ordinance prohibits the “manufacture, sale, distribution, possession or use of fire crackers or pyrotechnic devices and such other similar devices and the exploding of firecrackers or other similar explosives within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City."

Prior to its passage, Duterte already prohibited the use of all firecrackers and pyrotechnics through an executive order. Therefore, this year would be the 16th holiday season wherein the Dabawenyos will celebrate these festivities in a hazard-free approach.

DCPO also encouraged the participation of the public in their campaign by reporting to the nearest police office if they notice violators of the ordinance. Concerned citizens may send a text message in Isumbong kay CD hotline 09258233276.

So far, they only had three confiscations done from sidewalk vendors who were caught selling toy guns that pops with the use of pyrotechnic powder.

For the past 15 years since firecracker was banned, Davao City has recorded zero firecracker-related injuries and DCPO expects to maintain this record.

Thus their constant reminders to residents, that include house-to-house visits inspired by the expanded anti-illegal drug campaign called Oplan Double Barrel Alpha that employed house-to-house visits to educate the populace on illegal drugs.

“We are hopeful to achieve our target because this is for the sake of the community that is zero casualty and injury,” Dela Rey said.

The Department of Health (DOH) - Davao region suggested alternative noisemakers that would enable the public to celebrate safely, instead of using the traditional fun but dangerous firecrackers.

DOH-Davao advocates for, "Sa pag-iingay mas masaya, sa paputok may disgrasya. Iwas paputok, fireworks display and patok! Maki-isa sa fireworks display sa inyong lugar.”

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