Sale of firecrackers, pyrotechnics start to increase in Baguio

December 23, 2010 2:02 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 23 – The head of the local vendors of firecrackers and pyrotechnics on Thursday said their sales have started to increase compared to a sluggish start Tuesday.

Agnes Montoya said the 21 other vendors, who obtained a license from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and a business permit from the Baguio City government, are now selling to the public the legal firecrackers.

She joined other local leaders to warn the public to be very careful in using the explosive materials for the Christmas and New Year revelries that caused various physical injuries or even death to victims in prior years.

Two weeks ago, City Mayor Mauricio Domogan was very active in the support of the Department of Health's (DOH) total ban on firecrackers.

However, the Baguio city council, in a resolution, permitted the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the city applicant-vendors led by Montoya.

According to Montoya, her group does not sell any of the illegal firecrackers like "Super Lolo" and "Pla-pla," which were identified in years to have crippled most of the victims.

She said that policemen were all around their stalls to check the kind of firecrackers sold to avoid the entry of illegal products.

Montoya also said that with the permitted use of the legal firecrackers, the residents can once again pursue their customary way to celebrate Christmas and New Year.(PNA) RMA/AAG/AAGalacgac

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