By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) released its guidelines on the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.
BCPO director, Police Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, said, as earlier agreed upon with officials from the city government, the designated area for the sale of firecrackers will be beside the Pope John Paul II Tower, located in the city’s reclamation area.
Ebreo said dealers must adhere to several requirements before they can display and sell their items such as securing a manufacturer’s license, dealer’s license, retailer’s license, fireworks display operator’s license, permit to transport, and special permit for fireworks display.
He further explained, under Executive Order No. 28 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the use of firecrackers is confined to designated community fireworks display area.
Anyone caught violating the said provisions will be penalized with a fine between P20,000 and P30,000, or a six month to one year imprisonment.
Ebreo also advised consumers to buy firecrackers from an authorized dealer at the said area only.
He also advised consumers should buy products with proper labels by legitimate manufacturers, including name, address, and warning instruction.
In addition, the BCPO official said consumers should look for Philippine Standard, or PS, markings; as well as markings from the Department of Trade and Industry./DGB, WDJ