PARANAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez directed the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) to immediately revoke the business registration of stores who will be found selling firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in the city.
In signing Executive Order 2020-63, Olivarez also revoked and cancelled all mayor’s and special permits issued this year to the store owners who applied to sell firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices and similar products in the city.
Olivarez, chairman of the NCR-Peace and Order Council, disclosed that it was agreed during last week’s meeting by Metro Manila mayors that the use of firecrackers is banned in the metropolis this year.
The resolution is in consonance with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) memorandum circulars providing the guidelines on the regulation and control of the use of the firecrackers, including the designation of specific areas for community fireworks display.
“In order to sternly discourage mass gathering during the festive season to contain the spread of COVID-19, there is the need to prohibit exhibition and use fireworks, firecrackers, and other pyrotechnic devices during the New Year’s celebration,” said Olivarez.
Olivarez added the BPLO, the city treasurer’s office, barangay officials, and local police officials should immediately effect the provisions of his EO.
The mayor directed Paranaque Police chief PCOL. Robin King Sarmiento to follow the recommendation of the BPLO on the closure and penalties of the store or establishment who are violating the EO.
Olivarez also reminded his constituents that holding community fireworks display amid the pandemic is dangerous because it encourages mass gathering which is prohibited during the community quarantine period.Publication Source : People's Tonight