CITY OF MALOLOS – To avoid having pyrotechnic-related accidents, Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando together with the Pyrotechnic Regulatory Board (PRB) made sure that Bulakenyos will have a safe and peaceful holiday celebration in the province thus an inspection of firework stalls in Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan was held earlier today.
Being known as the “Pyrotechnics Capital of the Philippines”, Fernando ensures that firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices’ manufacturers, dealers and retailers in Bulacan will comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 28 – Providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnic Devices, which states that the use of fireworks and other related products are not totally banned but it only regulates the use of it to prevent accidents.
Accordingly, there are only 88 licensed dealers of firecrackers and fireworks in the province and 21 licensed manufacturers that are allowed to sell the said products.
Engr. Celso C. Cruz, president of Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association, said that firecrackers that are overweight and oversized which exceeds 1/3 teaspoon or more than 0.2 grams of net explosive ingredients are not allowed to be used and without proper regulation, it might also be hazardous to one’s health.
Even though the use of some firecrackers and fireworks are allowed, Provincial Director Lawrence B. Cajipe reminded Bulakenyos that having organized events which may attract more people are being discouraged due to the pandemic.
“Kasabay ng paggamit ng mga produktong ito ang pagkakaroon ng mga organized events, mga pagtitipon. Sa ngayon, dini-discourage muna natin ito para makaiwas sa pagdagsa ng mga tao dahil nga sa pandemya,” Cajipe said.
Meanwhile, Fernando requested Bulakenyos to be more cautious during this time specially when using firecrackers and guaranteed that sellers are compliant to the rules.
“Tradisyon natin na ang pamilya ay sama-sama sa pagdiriwang. Ipinapakiusap na lang natin na wag silang gumamit ng mga bawal na paputok para hindi na makadisgrasya. Narito rin tayo ngayon para bantayan ang mga nagtitinda at siguraduhin na walang mga ipinagbabawal na mga paputok rito. Dagdagan po natin ang ating pag-iingat dahil bukod sa aksidenteng maidudulot nito, may COVID pa tayo,” Fernando said.
The “No Testing and No Smoking” policies are being observed in the stall areas wherein owners are also obligated to put large containers filled with water for precautionary measures.
Aside from that, sellers are also compliant to the IATF regulations on social distancing and safety health protocols as observed during the inspection.