Robredo orders BFP, PNP to ensure safety of firecracker plants, stores and products nationwide

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

MANILA, Nov. 25 – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo Friday directed officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Firearms and Explosives Division (FED) to inspect all firecrackers and pyrotechnics manufacturers’ stores and plants in the country, particularly in Bulacan in time for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

This is to ensure safety of all products they would sell in the market, Robredo said as he directed BFP chief Samuel Perez and Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles, PNP FED chief, to coordinate and request representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Health (DOH) in carrying out their tasks.

“In the advent of the Holiday Seasons, particularly during the Christmas and New Year’s eve celebrations, we expect different types of fireworks and firecrackers to flood the market. We need to regulate and check the efficacy and safety all these products to reduce firecracker-related injuries,” he said.

The BFP, Robredo said, should inspect all firecracker stores and plants in the country and ensure that all of them comply with fire safety regulations and avoid accidental fires and explosions.

The PNP FED, which has control over the ingredients being used in the manufacture of firecrackers, on the other hand, should strictly enforce Republic Act 7183 or the law regulating the manufacture and sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics to ensure that all banned products such as atomic big triangulo, baby dynamite, super lolo, kwiton and similar devices will not be sold in the market, the DILG chief said. (PNA) RMA/FFC/JCA


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