BAGUIO CITY– The Department of the Interior and Local Government Cordillera reiterated on Tuesday the guidelines regulating and controlling the use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices in the region this holiday season, encouraging local government units to set up a common area in their respective municipalities for fireworks displays during New Year’s celebrations.
“I am encouraging our Cordi LGUs to set up common areas for fireworks displays in the region in response to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s call to reduce the incidence of firecracker-related injuries and the use of illegal firecrackers in the country,” said RD Araceli San Jose.
She also said that LGUs shall enact appropriate ordinances or reinforce existing issuances to adhere to the regulation.
It can be recalled that in a recent press conference, President Marcos Jr. warned Filipinos about the dangers and health effects of firecrackers, particularly those caused by the reckless and indiscriminate use of dangerous ones.
RD San Jose said that firecrackers that weigh more than 0.2 gram of net explosive ingredients are considered prohibited. The fuse of the firecracker should not burn less than three seconds but not more than six seconds. Imported finished products and firecrackers with mixture of phosphorous sulfur with that of chlorate are also prohibited.
“Among the prohibited firecrackers identified are the following: Piccolo, Watusi, Giant Whistle Bomb, Giant Bawang, Large Judas Belt, Super Lolo, Lolo Thunder, Atomic Bomb, Atomic Bomb Triangulo, Pillbox, Boga, Kwiton, Goodbye Earth, Hello Columbia, Coke-In-Can, Goodbye Bading, OG, and Kabasi,” she said.
Meanwhile, the sale and use of consumer pyrotechnics or commonly referred to as pailaw may still be allowed and as follows: Butterfly, Fountain, Jumbo Regular and Special, Luces, Mabuhay, Roman Candle, Sparklers, Trompillo, Whistle Device, and other similar types of pailaw.
Under Republic Act No. 7183, an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, the PNP should determine what constitute as prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices and promulgate rules and regulations necessary to regulate and control their use.
Likewise, LCEs are authorized to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices within their territorial jurisdiction. (PMTG/DILG CAR)