and pyrotechnic zones, LGUs told
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
MANILA – Establish
“firecracker and pyrotechnic zones” where people may light
firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in celebrating Christmas and the
Thus, Interior and
Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Thursday asked
provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and punong barangays
throughout the country in an effort to minimize casualties that goes
with the revelry this holiday season especially on New Year’s Day.
“Let’s strive to
minimize or even go for “zero casualties” in firecracker-related
injuries and incidence of fire this Yuletide season,” Robredo said.
“And the idea of
designating a specific firecracker and pyrotechnic area in a community
could help a lot in attaining our objective,” he added.
The DILG secretary
enjoined local chief executives to regulate the sale, manufacture,
distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in
their respective localities as mandated by Republic Act 7183.
In his directive,
Robredo urged local authorities to see to it that only the following
types of firecrackers are manufactured, sold, distributed or used
namely, baby rocket, “bawang,” small triangulo, pulling of string,
paper cups, el Diablo, Judah’s belt, sky rocket (kwitis) and other
types equivalent in explosive content.
devices, those that are allowed are sparklers, luces, fountain, jumbo,
mabuhay, Roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, whistle device, butterfly,
directed local officials to take the lead in the conduct of an
information campaign on the proper use of all kinds of firecrackers
and pyrotechnic devices, and to be watchful of radical groups that may
take advantage of the holiday season’s merriment for their lawless