Selling, distribution of firecrackers banned in Muntinlupa
Manila (26 November) -- The city government of Muntinlupa recently issued Executive Order 14 which prohibits selling and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the city.
Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin San Pedro said the ban on the sale and distribution of firecrackers is in the interest of public welfare and safety. San Pedro added that even sari-sari stores will not be exempted in the ban.
Violators will be fined up to P30,000 or face imprisonment for one year with cancellation of their Mayor's permit. Mayor San Pedro said his office will no longer issue permits sellers of firecrackers starting immediately.
Every year, the city government conducts information campaign to warn people of the danger of firecrackers.
Based on Department of Health statistics, a total 597 firecracker-related injuries were recorded from December 21, 2009 to January 1, 2010.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection said that it will conduct routine inspections on factories and establishments selling firecrackers and other pyrotechnics to ensure public safety.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered Bureau of Fire Protection Rolando Bandilla to conduct the inspection on establishments to ensure that they comply with the fire safety regulations and standard of the Fire Code of the Philippines.
Bandilla added that the inspection on buildings and other establishments may serve as deterrent to minimize such occurrences that cause death and damage to properties. (PIA-MMIO) [top]