Transfer of firecracker vending zone sought in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY — A task force composed of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Dagupan City Police Station and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) is recommending the transfer of the present firecracker vending zone in front of West Central Elementary School to a vacant area in Poblacion Oeste here.

The BFP said this is to ensure public safety as the usual vending zone is too small and just along the sidewalk of Burgos Street, which is crowded with vehicles in bumper-to-bumper situation all-day because of heavy traffic.

As of today, no firecracker vendor has applied with the city police for a permit to sell firecrackers in the usual vending area> They are expected to do it a week before Christmas.

However, if they get permit from the police, they will still have go to the BFP that will issue them proper guidelines and certification.

They must also secure temporary business permit from the city government and without it, they can not sell firecrackers.

According to the BFP, the recommendation of the Task Force “Ligtas Paputok” will be submitted to Mayor Belen Fernandez.

Prospective firecracker vendors, however, questioned the recommendation transferring the firecracker vending zone as it is far from buyers but the BFP maintained that the recommended place is only 300 meters away from the present one.

The task force recommended that there should be no firecracker to be sold in any part of the downtown area or the city’s crowded central business district and any vendor who may insist to sell will be penalized with his or her permit to sell revoked, aside from facing a case in court.

The BFP said that based on record, only one in Dagupan so far was granted a permit to manufacture firecrackers, admitting that most firecrackers being used by revelers in city come from Bulacan.

At the same time, Provincial Health Officer Anna de Guzman called on the police to check on the practice of some firecracker vendors who sell their stuffs not in the poblacion but in villages where policemen are seldom patrolling.

She said this practice was done by many of the firecracker vendors in previous years which was the reason why firecracker explosions still persisted resulting to injuries and even death to some people, and could be repeated again this year unless this practice is finally put to