CITY OF MALOLOS- Thankful to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for not completely banning the use of pyrotechnics, Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado urged fireworks and firecrackers manufacturers to continuously improve their products and to comply with Executive Order No. 28 on the first day of the 5-day Training/Seminar on Safe Manufacturing and Regulation for Pyrotechnics Manufacturers in the Philippines held at the Malolos Club Royale Resort here from January 8-12, 2018.
“I think slowly we have also to rethink our pyro industry. We have to face the reality, learn and analyze what we were yesterday and what we are today. Kinakailangang harapin natin ng buong pag-asa ang kinabukasan at pagtulungan nating lahat,” Alvarado said.
He added that micro, small and medium pyrotechnics manufacturers should be given financial assistance as well as new machineries in order for them to be at par with the bigger industries.
“I think ‘yung PCEDO, tulungan natin, pautangin natin ng may maliit na tubo lamang ang mga micro, small and medium pyrotechnics manufacturers para kanilang magamit sa pag-develop ng kanilang mga produkto. Gayundin, sana ay mapagkalooban sila ng mga makabagong makinarya sa tulong Department of Science and Technology (DOST) dahil ‘yun ang kailangan nilang ayuda,” the governor said.
Furthermore, in compliance with Republic Act 7183 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed the Resolution No. 441-T’17 authored by Board Member Ma. Lourdes Posadas, wherein the DOST was recognized through its secretary, for its unwavering support for the development of the firecracker and pyrotechnic industries in the province and in the country which includes the conduct of the said on-going training, Pyrotechnics Testing Laboratory, Common Service Facility for Fuse Manufacturing and Overseas Training on Pyrotechnics Technology for Scholars for 2018 onwards.
Included in the 5-day training/seminar are: Overview of the Training given by Deputy Director for R&D, ITDI-DOST Dr. Annabelle Briones; Overview and Current Status of Pyrotechnics Industry in the Province by Engr. Celso Cruz, Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Pyrotechnic Manufacturers and Dealers Association, Inc. (PPMDAI); Updates on Philippine Regulations on Pyrotechnics by PC Ins Mervin Florida, Jr. of the PNP; Yearly Incidents Caused by Firecrackers/Pyrotechnics Products by Precious May Gabalfin from the Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health; Possible Assistance to the Pyrotechnics Industry in the Philippines by Engr. Ariel Deinla from the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry; Needs of the Pyrotechnics Industry by Marlene Lea Alapide of PPMDAI; Course Being Offered to Support Pyrotechnics Industry by Julford Abasolo, Division Chief of Competency Programs and Systems Development Division of TESDA; Environment and Health Hazards and Effects in the Manufacture of Pyrotechnics Products by Engr. Nelia Granadillos, Division Chief of the Environment and Control Division, Occupational Safety and Health of the of Department of Labor and Employment; Fire Incidents Caused by Firecrackers/Fireworks by Insp. Erwin Johannes Gimotea of Bureau of Fire Protection and Sharing of Best Practices.
In the succeeding days, there will also be lecture sessions on Manufacturing and Storage of Explosives, 1.3 and 1.4 Fireworks’ Safety Distance (Manufacturing in terms of Processing Plant) and Process of Qualifying Fireworks for Manufacture; Recap; Field Visit at Two Identified Manufacturers; Workshop on Policy Recommendations; Plenary Round Discussions and Awarding of Certificates.
The said activity is being conducted by ITDI-DOST in partnership with DOST Region 3, Provincial Government of Bulacan and Pyrotechnics Regulatory Board-Bulacan.