CITY OF MALOLOS- Being known as the pyrotechnics capital of the Philippines, Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando yesterday led the inspection of pyrotechnics manufacturing plant and stalls to ensure that the products being sold to consumers are of best quality and will not be hazardous.
After his rounds in Dragon Fireworks manufacturing plant in Sampaloc, San Rafael, Bulacan together with PM Gen. Roberto Fajardo, director of CSG, PLTCol Lorenzo Kim Cobre, acting chief, EMD, Bulacan Police Provincial Director Emma Libunao, Supt. Jimmy Suba of Bureau of Fire Protection, Fernando pleaded to those who are requesting a total ban of the pyrotechnics and firecrackers to reconsider and suggested to review the quality policies instead.
“Una, maraming mawawalan ng hanapbuhay, ‘yung mga negosyo babagsak, ang kailangan natin trabaho. Tignan na lang natin ‘yung mga bagay na nakakasama, ‘yung mga manufacturer talagang bigyan ng kalidad ang mga produkto at tiyaking talagang dumaan sa Quality Control. ‘Wag nang totally ban, mahirap po ‘yon. Isa pa, kultur ana ito ng mga Pilipino pampawala ng malas,” Fernando said during the press conference.
Also, Jovenson Ong, Managing Director, Dragon Fireworks and the President of Bulacan Pyrotechnic Regulatory Board and Philippine Fireworks Association, appealed to the government to clamp down smuggling and regulate all fireworks manufacturing, retailing and dealership in the country.
“Kung pinagbabawal ito, kaming mga legal susunod, kami po magsasara pero ang smugglers matutuwa kasi sila nga ang nagdudulot ng pinsala, mawawalan na sila ng kakumpetensiya. Kung sino ang nakakasakit dapat sila hulihin. Matagal na po naming hinihiling sa DTI na gawing mandatory lahat ng PS mark, bakit ‘di ginagawang mandatory,” Ong said.
Being in the business for 37 years, Ong said that they are helping the country to lessen the fireworks related injury not only because it is bad for the business but because they only want to give their consumers the best.
“why are they categorizing boga, which is an improvised device as fireworks related injury? Gusto naming walang nasasaktan lalo na mga bata, at number 1 conduit ang piccolo. Phosphorus is the main ingredient of piccolo at walang ganito sa Pilipinas, sa Tsina pa. alam natin ‘yan sa divisorial kalat na kalat, bantayan ninyo, nasa sari-sari stores ‘yan,” Ong added.
Meanwhile, Lea Alapide, president of the Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association Inc. (PPMDAI) asked the government to help their industry.
“When we try to sell products wala po kaming intension na makasakit. We instruct buyers na ilagay sa tamang lalagyan, tamang paggamit, kung nasugatan man po, at the end of the day ‘di lang sana kami ‘yung tinitignang nagpabaya, nanawagan kami sa mga magulang, sa mga guardian din, help us,” Alapide said.
Moreover, PD Libunao said that currently, there are 92 registered dealers and 24 manufacturers who are compliant to requirements and issued permits.
Suba added that they are always ready to give assistance and gave their hotline number 0932869124.
Later on, the team move to SR Castillo Fireworks for the inspection of stalls in Gov. F. Halili Road, Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan where they found no irregularities.