PNP, BFP inspect brys. firecracker zones

Personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Bacolod City are now inspecting the designated firecracker zones in the barangays in compliance to Executive Order 28 issued by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, to minimize risks of injuries and casualties.

In Bacolod City, out of 61 barangays only 41 have submitted the list of their respective firecracker zones, that the police and fire personnel are inspecting to determine the said areas are safe for fireworks display.

It was directed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia that the firecracker zones must be inspected before it will be used, according to Executive Assistant Ernie Pineda, head of Cluster on Markets and Sectoral Concerns.

Pineda has also identified the barangays that have not sumitted yet its designated firecracker zones awaiting the barangay resolution, are Barangays 3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 21, 22, 24, 25, 29, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, Vista Alegre and Cabug.

E.O. 28 specifies the following firecrackers in the designated firecracker zones: baby rocket, bawang, el diablo, Judas’ belt, paper caps, pulling of string, skyrocket (kwitis), small “trianggulo” and other types of firecrackers.

Pyrotechnics which are allowed to be used outside firecracker zones are butterfly, fountain, jumbo regular and special, luces, mabuhay, Roman candle, sparklers, trompillo, whistle device, all kinds of pyrotechnic devices (pailaw), and other types of pyrotechnic devices. Seventy-two out of 76 firecracker retailers have processed their permits.

Barangays without designated firecrackers zones will not be allowed to use firecrackers.

Penalties to violators range from P20,000.00 to P30, 000.00 or one year to six years imprisonment.

Police Chief Inspector Lester Leada said they have directed the police stations to coordinate with the respective barangays under their area to finalize their designated firecracker zones.*( Edith B. Colmo)