In the Philippines or everywhere in the world, we welcome the New Year with a bang(ing) fireworks display.
However, others take it to the next level by firing a gun and using prohibited firecrackers. As a result, accidents like people getting hit by stray bullets are arising every year.
Because of that, Executive Order (EO) no. 28 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last January was made to regulate the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.
According to the EO, approved firecrackers can only be used at firework display areas designated by the local government units or LGUs.
Here are the areas with and without designated firecracker zones:
Pasig City – none
Mandaluyong City – Linear Park in Barangay Vergara
The city has several firecracker zones, including: General Kalentong Street in front of Market Place, Barangay Pag-Asaalong Coronado Street, beside Pasig River in Barangay Hulo Barangka Ibaba (Vida Court), Barangay Barangka Ibaba, Labasan Court in Barangay Barangka Ibaba along Riverside MRR Tract Street in Barangay Barangka Ibaba in front of the barangay hall of Barangay Barangka Ilaya beside Pasig River
Marikina City – none but fireworks display can be seen at Marikina Sports Complex and River Banks.
GMA News Online also mentioned that San Juan City has similar orders with Marikina City: no firecracker zone, but community fireworks displays are allowed at the Pinaglabanan Shrine.
Makati City, Parañaque, City, Las Piñas City, Muntinlupa City, Taguig City, and Pateros – NO DESIGNATED firecracker zones.
Pasay City – Barangay 2 recreational area at FB Harrison, Barangay 43 basketball court, Tramo, Dimasalang and Vergel streets, Barangays 190 and 187 basketball courts, Fernando street near Buendia Avenue, Cuenca street near basketball court, Apelo Cruz Street in front of T. Paez Elementary School, Barangay 184 open lot KIA Motors, Barangay 195 Multi-Purpose Plaza, Barangay 201 plaza, and San Miguel Bay, Mall of Asia.
Here are the banned firecrackers:
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reiterated the ban on the following firecrackers:
- Super Lolo
- Whistle Bomb
- Goodbye Earth
- Atomic Big Triangulo
- Judas’ Belt
Meanwhile, the following pyrotechnic devices are also allowed:
- jumbo regular and special
- Roman Candle
- whistle device
- and butterfly
Of course, the traditional horns, pots and pans, are okay to use to welcome the New Year.
The Department of Interior and Local Government of DILG also confirmed that firecrackers with gunpowder exceeding two grams or 1.3 teaspoons are strictly prohibited.
Please be reminded that failure to comply to the memorandum circular or EO no.28 shall be dealth with in accordance with pertinent laws, rules and regulations.
Let’s have a peaceful and fruitful New Year countdown celebration, everyone!
Source: GMA News Online