Barangay officials are mandated to designate firecrackers zones in their barangays incompliance with Executive Order No. 28.
The President has issued E.O. 28 confining the use of firecrackers to community fireworks display, to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties, executive assistant Ernesto Pineda,cluster head for sectoral concerns and market, said yesterday.
Pineda said the officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government in Bacolod City will conduct an information drive at the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center at 9:30 a.m. today informing barangay captains of the 61 barangays that they should establish firecracker zones in their respective areas.
They will be required to submita list of their firecracker zones to the DILG, City Mayor's Office, and to the Sectoral Concerns Office so that the Bureau of Fire Protection and Philippine National Police can be furnished copies, he said.
Pineda said the barangay council should pass a resolution designating their firecracker zones. This should be located away from houses since firecrackers sometimes cause fire and also injuries to people.
Meanwhile, Pineda said that about 52 out of 76 firecracker retailers in Bacolod City have applied for special permitsto sell firecrackers and pyrotechnics and have already started building their structures at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City.
The Pope John Paul Tower at the Reclamation Area has been the identified place for the display and sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in Bacolod City, based on City Ordinance 511.
Pineda said that before they can be allowed to sell firecrackers and pyrotechnics, they have to comply with all the requirements and pay P1,500for the special permit at the City Treasurer's Office.
They also have to undergo a fire safety seminar and fire drill at the Reclamation Area, he said.
Bacolod Fire Marshall Supt. Rodolfo Denaga,said earlier that the sale and display of firecrackers is anchored on R.A. 9154 or the Fire Code of the Philippines.
They will require all kiosks of firecracker vendors to have fire extinguishers,or a pail of water or sand, as first aid firefighting apparatus, he said.
Denaga said the display of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices in malls and similar establishments is strictly prohibited. If these items are displayed in malls and other establishments, these have no fire safety inspection certificate from the Bureau of Fire.
Pineda said that, based on City Ordinance No. 511, no sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics will be allowed outside the designated area.*CGS
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