PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday ordered the strict enforcement of President Duterte’s directive to suspend the processing of new licenses and permits for the manufacture, sale and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.
In a memorandum dated October 29, President Duterte issued the suspension order pending the review of existing licensees’ and permittees’ compliance with laws, rules and regulations.
“Along this line, I have directed the Directorate for Operations to initiate consultations with partner agencies and other stakeholders to comply with the latest Memorandum of the President to strictly implement existing laws, rules and regulations on firecrackers and pyrotechnic device,” Albayalde said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.
Albayalde said the directive aims to stop the presence of illegal firecracker and pyrotechnics factories in Bulacan and other parts of the country which have been the site of past deadly accidents.
“This also means that we won’t be issuing new permits for manufacturers and will look into the compliance of those with existing permits and licenses before deciding if they can continue business or be stripped of their licenses,” Albayalde stressed.
Memorandum Order No. 31 mandates the PNP, in coordination with other concerned agencies and the local governments, to conduct inspections to ensure that manufacturers, distributors, retailers and users of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices are in compliance with the government’s safety guidelines.
Licenses and permits of violators will be cancelled or revoked.
The suspension will remain in effect until declared lifted by the Office of the President upon recommendation of the PNP chief and his submission of a report on the review undertaken on existing licenses and permits.
The President also called for the strict enforcement on the ban on sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices to anyone below 18 years old.