Firecracker laws

December 22, 2018

WHAT’S truly saddening is the seeming failure of local government and police authorities to stop the illegal use of firecrackers and fireworks in some areas across the Philippines.

This is particularly true during the so-called New Year revelry, when people, including young boys and girls, explode even prohibited and deadly firecrackers, drawing the ire of the public.

This prompted the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to order the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) to strictly enforce firecracker laws, rules and regulations.

“Upang maiwasan ang anumang sakuna o sunog na dulot ng paputok, kailangang ipatupad ng mga LGU ang kautusan laban sa paggamit ng paputok,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Ano.

Ano, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said the government of President Duterte wants to bring down the number of firecracker-related injuries this year.

“Sana mas bumaba pa ang (bilang ng) mga masasaktan dahil sa paputok. Kaya naman natin kung gugustohin,” according to the retired four-star military general, a known disciplinarian.

Republic Act (RA) 7183 regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

The law mandates the PNP to determine what constitutes as prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices and promulgate rules and regulations necessary to regulate and control their use.

Executive Order (EO) 28 provides for the regulation and control of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. Under the EO, the use of firecrackers shall be confined to community fireworks display.

Hopefully, concerned authorities succeed in bringing down the number of firecracker-related deaths, injuries and fires, when the people welcome the “Year of the Boar” on December 31.