By Chito Chavez
As the New Year’s Eve revelry nears, Quezon City officials asked the local police and the city’s Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to strictly enforce measures on the use of pyrotechnic devices.
Councilors Victor Ferrer Jr. and Allan Francisco said the Quezon City Police District should conduct inspections and confiscate and destroy prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in accordance with Republic Act 7183 and Executive Order 28.
Ferrer said the BFP should provide support to the PNP in the EO’s implementation especially this Christmas season when there will be an “expected surge on the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices’’.
“Firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices may have been part of the celebrations but it remains important for law enforcers to enforce stricter rules and regulations on these matters so that there will be lesser if not totally zero firecracker-related injuries and casualties this year,” said Ferrer.
For his part, Francisco wants PNP officer-in-charge (OIC) Lt. General Archie Gamboa to run after rogue police officers selling or taking home for their personal use the confiscated firecrackers.
“To a certain degree they are similar to ninja cops involved in illegal drug deals at they are reselling them to the public or using the seized items,’’ Francisco said.
Francisco made the statement as fireworks vendors and traders complained in the past of such acts of police scalawags.
According to Executive Order (EO) No. 28, the use of firecrackers in the country shall be regulated and controlled while the use of firecrackers shall be limited to “community fireworks display.”
The community fireworks display is “conducted under the supervision of a trained person duly licensed by the Philippine National Police.”
According to RA 7183, the following pyrotechnic devices in previous years are allowed: sparklers, luces, jumbo regular and special, mabuhay, Roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, whistle device, butterfly, and pailaw.
All other types of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices with explosive contents that can endanger the life and limbs of people are prohibited.
Among the banned firecrackers are piccolo, pop pop, Goodbye Philippines or Crying Bading, Yolanda or Goodbye Napoles, Watusi, Pla-pla, Giant Kuwitis, Watusi or “dancing firecrackers,” Super Lolo, Atomic Big Trianggulo, Mother Rockets, Lolo Thunder, Pillbox, Boga, Big Judah’s Belt, Big Bawang, Kwiton, Bin Laden, Kabasi, Atomic Bomb, Five Star, Og, Giant Whistle Bomb, and all other oversized firecrackers with more than 1/3 teaspoon of explosive content.