Tuesday, December 6, 2011

FIRE CRACKER AND PYROTECHNICS BAN IN THREE BARANGAYS IN MAKATI CTIY AND CITYWIDE BAN ON SALE TO MINORS
















The City of Makati reminded again the residents and general public of the city that the ordinance banning firecrackers and other explosive materials in three barangays (Bangkal, Pio Del Pilar, and Magallanes) enacted last year is still in effect.

City Mayor Binay ordered the strict implementation of a 1994 ordinace prohibiting the sale of any kind of firecrackers to minors 15 years old and below throughout Makati City.

“The problem of the oil leak has not yet been resolved with finality; we will not lift the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the three affected barangays. At the same time, we will also enforce the citywide ban on the sale of firecrackers to very young children who are most vulnerable to firecracker-related accidents.” Binay said.

City Ordinance No. 2010-A-020, which bans the sale, manufacture, storage, possession or use of all types of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices and other explosive materials in Barangays Bangkal, Pio Del Pilar, and Magallanes, was passed in light of the high risk of explosion in areas affected by the petroleum pipeline leak first detected at the basement of West Tower condominium in Bangkal.  The pipeline owned by the First Philippine Industrial Corporation passes through the said barangays.
On the other hand, City Ordinance No. 1994-290 prohibits storeowners or merchants in Makati from selling any kind of firecracker to minors aged 15 years old and below, and imposes a fine of P1,000 and/or imprisonment for 15 days, or both at the discretion of the court.
Fire crackers like baby rocket, bawang, small triangulo, pulling of strings, paper caps, el Diablo, watusi, Juda’s belt, sky rocket (kwitis) and other types equivalent to the forgoing in explosive content: and pyrotechnic device such as sparkles, luces, fountain, jumbo regular and special, mabuhay, roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, whistle, butterfly, all kinds of pyrotechnic device (pailaw) and other types equivalent to the foregoing device.

Under the 2010 Ordinace, violators will face a fine of P5,000 or six months imprisonment.

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