Pineda urges fire­cracker ven­dors to se­cure req’ts

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

BA­COLOD City Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Ernie Pineda urged the mem­bers of the Ba­colod City Py­rotech­nics Ven­dors and As­so­ci­a­tion to se­cure all the re­quire­ments to dis­play their prod­ucts in the des­ig­nated area start­ing December 1 to 31.

Pineda, head of mar­ket co­or­di­nat­ing and mon­i­tor­ing task force, said yes­ter­day they will only al­low the fire­cracker ven­dors who un­der­went fire­works safety sem­i­nar on Au­gust 10 and Oc­to­ber 5 to dis­play their prod­ucts.

The sem­i­nar was con­ducted by the Philip­pine Py­rotech­nics Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PPMDAI) and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP).

“It is the pol­icy of the PNP and the lo­cal govern­ment unit that only those who un­der­went fire­works safety sem­i­nar can sell fire­crack­ers and other py­rotech­nic de­vices,” Pineda said.

On Oc­to­ber 29, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte is­sued

Me­moran­dum Or­der No. 31 di­rect­ing the PNP and other con­cerned agen­cies to strictly im­ple­ment ex­ist­ing laws, rules and reg­u­la­tions on the sale, man­u­fac­ture, dis­tri­bu­tion, and use of fire­crack­ers and py­rotech­nic de­vices.

Pineda said some of the fire­cracker ven­dors al­ready se­cured the re­quire­ments and it will be sub­mit­ted to the Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO).

He said the pres­i­dent of the group pre­ferred to dis­play their prod­ucts in last year’s des­ig­nated area, be­hind the Pope John Paul II Tower at the Recla­ma­tion Area but it still needs an ap­proval from the city govern­ment.

The Ba­colod City Py­rotech­nics Ven­dors and As­so­ci­a­tion has a to­tal of 77 mem­bers.

“We ex­pect that it will re­duce this year be­cause some of the mem­bers sig­ni­fied to stop sell­ing fire­crack­ers and other py­rotech­nics de­vices af­ter one of their mem­bers was ar­rested last year for sell­ing of five star which they claimed that it was not ex­plained dur­ing their sem­i­nar that it was an il­le­gal fire­cracker,” Pineda said.

He said this year, it was al­ready ex­plained to the fire­cracker ven­dors the types of il­le­gal fire­crack­ers to avoid sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

Pineda will hold a meet­ing with the fire­cracker ven­dors on Sun­day at the Ba­colod Govern­ment Cen­ter.*


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