DILG chief orders control of firecracker sale and use

MANILA — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) enjoined Thursday the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and local government units (LGUs) to adopt advocacy campaigns and measures to prevent firecracker and firework-related injuries or death, and damage to properties during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

This as DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno ordered all concerned agencies to work together to regulate and control the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

“To keep Christmas and New Year celebrations safe for all Filipinos, all concerned agencies will have to be on their toes to see to it that all existing regulations on the sale and use of firecrackers will be complied with,” he said.

He pointed out the consistent high statistics of injuries and fatalities emanating from the indiscriminate use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices despite the ban on their manufacture and sale.

He urged city and municipal mayors to cause the enactment of an ordinance which regulates firecracker manufacture and use and promote an alternative form of revelry.

“Mayors should also take the lead in the conduct of an information campaign within their localities on the dangers of fire due to the use of firecrackers as well as on the dangers of using polyvinyl chloride pipe or ‘boga’ and firearms,” he said.

Barangay tanods are directed to conduct regular ‘ronda’ to assist the police in monitoring and ensuring that manufacturing, display center, and fireworks exhibition are within the designated zones.

The BFP and PNP shall ensure that no person shall manufacture, store, handle or use and firework material without securing a fire safety inspection certificate, joint inspection and seizure of prohibited firecrackers.

“As we welcome the Yuletide Season, we in the national government sincerely wish each and every Filipino happy holidays. And most importantly, we in the DILG would like to ensure that there will be no disruption in the celebration of the nativity of Jesus Christ, that is why we are making sure that all necessary measures will be carried out for a safe and fun-filled Christmas season,” Sueno added. Aira May Dizon/PNA-northboundasia.com