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Police warns public anew against use of illegal firecrackers

TACLOBAN CITY – In order to ensure the safe celebrations of Christmas and New Year, the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) here has warned the public against the use of illegal firecrackers.

Although they have recorded a significant downtrend on firecracker-related incidents in the last four years, PBGen. Ariel Arcinas, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, said they continue to monitor the unauthorized use, trade, and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in Eastern Visayas.

“Only firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices manufactured by the authorized manufacturer with a valid license issued by the Civil Security Group and Philippine National Police will be the source of licensed dealer’s stocks for market distribution,” he shared.

To date, PRO8 only has 6 registered dealers and 55 retailers authorized in selling firecrackers and fireworks in the region. 

In Tacloban City, only 4 registered dealers are authorized to sell firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, while in Ormoc City, there are only 2 authorized dealers.

The Regional Civil Security Unit 8 has recently released the following firecrackers that can be legally used. They are Baby Rocket, Bawang, Small ‘Triangulo’, Pulling Strings, Paper Cups, ‘El Diablo’, Judah’s Belt, Sky Rocket, among others.

Pyrotechnic devices are also allowed such as Sparklers, ‘Luces’, Fountain, ‘Mabuhay’, Roman Candle, ‘Trompillo’, Airwolf, Whistle Device, and Butterfly.

They also reminded the dealers and retailers that the use of firecrackers is confined to community fireworks display only.

Only authorized firecrackers with a total weight of not more than 50 kilograms and pyrotechnic devices with a total weight of not more than 500 kilograms of finished products are allowed at a time.

The official noted that the importation of finished firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices is prohibited. 

Imported firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices found in the market shall be deemed illegally manufactured and shall be subject to confiscation as provided for under Republic Act 7183.

Violators may be fined between Php 20,000 and Php 30,000 and/or face imprisonment for up to one year.

Arcinas likewise urged the public to use safe merry-making instruments and alternative noise-makers instead of using firecrackers and fireworks that pose risks to their own lives and limbs and public safety in general. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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