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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, November 21, 2019
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68 seek firecracker permits


About 68 vendors have applied for special permits to sell firecrackers and pyrotechnics in Bacolod City as of yesterday, Task Force Paputok 2019 head and executive assistant Ernesto Pineda said.

The Bacolod City government has identified the Pope John Paul Tower at the Reclamation Area as the special place for the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

Pineda said they will still have to verify if all 68 vendors can still be accommodated in the designated area.

Last year there were about 73 firecracker and pyrotechnics vendors in Bacolod, he said. Only vendors who have attended the training/seminar last year can be given special permits this year since the seminar is being conducted only every two years, he said.

Pineda was directed by acting Bacolod Mayor El Cid Familiaran, through Memorandum No. 160 dated November 11, to coordinate with the different officers/agencies concerned and interested businesses for the designation of a special place for the wholesale and retail of firecrackers and pyrotechnics, pursuant to City Ordinance 511, series of 2009; Executive Order 21, series of 2004, and Republic Act 7183.

He was also directed to coordinate with the Bacolod City Police Office and the Bureau of Fire Protection to ensure the proper implementation and regulation of security and safety of the area, as well as the Traffic Management Unit in carrying out traffic plans, and the Department of Trade and Industry to ascertain the standard quality of the product and correct labeling as well.

Familiaran also directed Pineda to coordinate with the Permits and Licensing Division and City Treasurer’s Office to ensure that all corresponding permits and licenses are applied and paid for, and also concur with the Department of Public Services and City Legal Office in the maintenance of cleanliness, orderly collection of trash during and after the activity.

The Department of Health will launch their Iwas Paputok campaign on November 26 and conduct a symposium on how to prevent firecracker injuries.*


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