Local authorities have cleared the stores located in Barangay San Pedro engaged in selling firecrackers and pyrotechnique devices, following a surprise inspection by a team from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Health (DOH), and the City government.
SPO2 Allan Aurelio of the City PNP Firearms and Explosives Division said local firecracker retailers and dealers have met all necessary requirements pursuant to the presidential order issued by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Aurelio said all the dealers they have inspected have proper licenses and permits from the City government and that their products were legally purchased.
Based on the presidential order, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is mandated to ensure all local government units (LGU) nationwide to have a designated “firecracker zone” in their respective barangays.
Aurelio said they have asked all barangays in Puerto Princesa City to designated “firecracker areas” in keeping with an executive order issued by Mayor Lucilo Bayron.
“Nasa barangay kapitan na lamang ng bawat barangay dito sa Puerto Princesa na mag-designate ng firecracker zone,” Aurelio said.
The executive order included regulations on the types of firecrackers that can be used outside the designated “firecracker zone” of each barangay. This includes firecrackers such as Luces, Fountain, Butterfly, Trompillo, Mabuhay and Roman Candle.
Firecrackers such as Baby Rocket, Bawang, Juda’s Belt, El Diablo, Paper Caps and Kwitis are meanwhile designated to be used only inside the provided firecracker zone of each barangay.
Aurelio added there are so far no reported cases of fire-related injuries as the New Year revelries approaches.
The selling of firecrackers will be allowed only until January 1.
SFINSP Nilo Caabay, head of City BFP also said that they will be on a heightened alert until New Year and firetrucks will be designated on different firecracker areas along the city on the eve of December 31st.
The prices of firecrackers, however, have increased compared to the previous years, according to some dealers.
John Adato, a store owner, said the production of firecrackers in Bulacan have decreased because of the recent weather disturbances, prompting the producers to raise their prices.
“Ang Luces dati tatlo bente, ngayong kinse pesos na isa. Ang fountain dati mabibili mo ng tatlo sandaan, ngayon P120 na isa,” Adato said