Provincial Government of Bulacan

Azurin, Fernando inspect pyrotechnic stalls in Bulacan

FIREWORKS AND PYROTECHNIC STALLS INSPECTION. Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr. lead the Inspection of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Stalls at Dinglasan Compound in Barangay Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan yesterday including MVD Fireworks, MAC Fireworks, THREE D’s Fireworks, JOSEFINA TOTI SANTIAGO, DKSL Fireworks, M.D. DE GUZMAN Fireworks, MUSANG Fireworks, JMC Fireworks, DONG DING’s Fireworks and Liam Fireworks.

CITY OF MALOLOS– Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr. and Governor Daniel R. Fernando found that pyrotechnic stalls in Dinglasan Compound, Brgy. Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan observed rules and regulations and followed safety protocols after having a joint inspection yesterday.

After the inspection on the stalls including MVD Fireworks, MAC Fireworks, THREE D’s Fireworks, JOSEFINA TOTI SANTIAGO, DKSL Fireworks, M.D. DE GUZMAN Fireworks, MUSANG Fireworks, JMC Fireworks, DONG DING’s Fireworks, and LIAM Fireworks, Azurin encouraged the pyrotechnic manufacturers to avoid using Chinese characters on their packaging to avoid confusion on the consumer’s part because imported finished pyrotechnic products are prohibited in the country.

The PNP chief also said that firecrackers and pyrotechnics are not totally banned and encouraged the public to only buy from legitimate sellers and manufacturers to safely celebrate the holidays.

“Huwag nating tangkilikin at huwag nating i-patronize ang mga iligal. We should always aspire to have zero casualty, hindi lamang ngayong Kapaskuhan at New Year, kundi sa lahat ng bagay na may kinalaman sa paggawa ng krimen,” the head of the Philippine police said.

For his part, Fernando said that the Provincial Government of Bulacan with the help of PNP headed by Azurin will lobby to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. the possible steps to be taken regarding Memorandum Order No. 31 or the “Directing the Philippine National Police and Other Concerned Agencies to Strictly Implement Existing Laws, Rules and Regulation on the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution and Use of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnic Devices”.

“Alam naman natin hirap na ang ating mga fireworks manufacturer. Ang hiling po natin ay lalong mapag-aralan ang memorandum na ito at mabigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang ating mga manufacturer habang pino-protektahan din ang ating mga mamamayan,” the governor said.

Fernando and Azurin were also joined by Police Brig. Gen. Cesar R. Pasiwen, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 3, Vice Gov. Alexis C. Castro, Bocaue Mayor Jonjon Villanueva, Bulacan Police Provincial Office Provincial Director Police Col. Relly Arnedo, Civil Security Group Director PMGen. Eden T. Ugale, Chief PIO PCol. Redrico A. Maranan, PRO3 Chief Regional Staff PCol. Lawrence B. Cajipe, and Pyrotechnic Regulatory Board (PRB) Officers.

PRB President Jovenson Ong also appealed to the government to lift MO No. 31 as it already served its purpose and to trace where illegal manufacturers get their chemicals so that they will not have the supply to produce illegal firecrackers.

“It’s about time that we encourage ang mga iligal na mag-ligal. Iyan ang aming sinasabi na kapag kikitilin mo ang industriya, lalabas po lahat ng iligal. Pero kapag ganito po na we encourage them, then we are able to regulate them properly,” Ong said.

Aside from imported finished products, overweight, oversized, fuse or should not burn less than three seconds but more than six seconds, and mixture of Phosphorus of Sulfur with that of Chlorate are also prohibited in the country.

Those who will be caught manufacturing, selling, distributing or using illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics will be fined P20,000 to P30,000, and will face six months to one year imprisonment, cancellation of license and business permit and confiscation of inventory stocks. ###