CITY OF MALOLOS – To ensure the safety of the Bulakenyos this coming New Year celebration, the Provincial Government of Bulacan together with the Pyrotechnic Regulatory Board chaired by Gov. Daniel R. Fernando conducted the annual inspection of fireworks and firecrackers stalls in Brgy. Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan earlier today.
The program dubbed as ‘Iwas Disgrasya sa Panahon ng Pandemya’, aims to assure that the rules and regulations stated in the Republic Act No. 7183 or the act regulating the sale, manufacture and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices are being implemented and followed and to promote the pyrotechnics industry by informing the general and consuming public that fireworks and firecrackers are not totally ban as perceived by many.
Accordingly, all firecrackers with gunpowder exceeding two (2) grams or 1.3 teaspoons are strictly prohibited along with the use of Piccolo, Super Lolo, Whistle Bomb, Goodbye Earth, Judas Belt, Watusi and other large form of firecrackers.
Fernando also clarified that there will be no total firecracker ban in the province this coming New Year as long as the regulations are being implemented as stated in the Executive Order No. 28 or ‘Providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnic Devices’.
“Hindi tuluyang ipinagbabawal ang paputok. Itinatakda lamang natin ang tamang regulasyon sa paggamit ng fireworks at firecrackers upang maiwasan ang aksidente. Unang una, hiniling namin na huwag gawing total ban dahil maraming mawawalan ng hanapbuhay; maraming mga manufacturer ang babagsak ang negosyo at higit sa lahat, ang tradisyon natin ay mawawala. Kailangan lang ng pag-iingat at pagbabantay ng mga LGU at gampanan ang kani-kanilang mga responsibilidad,” Fernando said.
He also mentioned during the inspection that he encourages and will help the licensed dealers and manufacturers to establish a cooperative for them to boost their businesses and products.
“Para mapalakas at ma-maintain natin itong mga nagtatrabaho at itong mga nagbebenta dito, hinihikayat ko sila maglagay ng coop. Kailangan magkaroon ng kooperatiba na magpapatatag sa mga operator at nagtatrabaho dito. Sa ngayon, medyo mahina dahil na rin sa limitadong suplay mula sa mga manufacturer”, he added.
The inspection was attended by the representatives from Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association, Inc. (PPMDA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other concerned offices and agencies.
Currently, there are a total of 82 licensed dealers and 20 manufacturers of fireworks and firecrackers in the province and six manufacturers with PS Mark License. ###