CITY COUNCIL MAY PASS ORDINANCE BANNING FIRECRACKERS

BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio City Council is looking at the possibility of passing an ordinance to finally effect the ban on the sale and use of firecrackers.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)– Baguio City (BFPBC) initiated a signature campaign calling on the legislative body to pass a law prohibiting the sale and use of any kind of firecracker and exploding pyrotechnics in the city.

The campaign already gathered more than 12,000 signatures, which when realized would help achieve the aim to reduce the number of firecracker related injuries to zero.

The BFPBC initiated signature campaign strengthens the annual Administrative Order of Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan prohibiting the sale of firecrackers within the bounds of Baguio City.

Baguio City Councilor Elmer Datuin, Committe Chairman for Special Events and Tourism, on Monday, said there is pending ordinance on the ban of firecracker in the council but it is not a priority.

Datuin added that with the signature campaign, people are now showing their support for the passage of an ordinance banning the sale and use of firecrackers.

An ordinance is seen to give more teeth in not allowing the sale and use of firecrackers during the holiday revelries that sometimes result to injuries and even death.

Datuin said the ordinance will penalize people who use firecrackers, which may be the key to achieving the “zero firecracker related injuries” in the future.

Every year for the past number of years, Administrative Orders by Domogan were implemented to ban the sale of firecrackers and in support of the Department of Health’s (DOH) call for “Iwas Paputok” campaign.

Baguio City has nine victims of firecrackers in 2015 and 11 in 2016 which did not include four other victims who were brought to the hospital outside the reckoning period – December 21, 2015 to January 5, 2016, according to the Department of Health (DOH). PNA / northboundasia.com