MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) released the names and brands of allowed and prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnics, ahead of the Christmas and New Year revelries.
“Our guidelines are in place pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 28 and Republic Act (RA) 7183 that regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. The PNP expects everyone’s cooperation because it is the responsibility of every stakeholder to protect one another from any firecracker-related injury,” PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement Thursday night.
RA 7183 and EO 28 enumerate the firecrackers which are regulated for sale and use:
• Baby Rocket;
• El Diablo;
• Judas’ Belt;
• Paper Caps;
• Pulling of Strings;
• Sky Rocket (Kwitis);
• Small “Triangulo”;
• Other types of firecrackers that are not oversized, not overweight, and not imported.
The following is the list of pyrotechnic devices allowed to be sold and used:
• Jumbo Regular and Special;
• Roman Candle;
• Whistle Device;
• All kinds of pyrotechnic devices (Pailaw)
• Other types equivalent to the foregoing pyrotechnic devices
Meanwhile, the prohibited firecrackers are as follows:
• Five Star;
• Lolo Thunder;
• Giant Bawang;
• Giant Whistle Bomb;
• Atomic Bomb;
• Super Lolo;
• Atomic Triangle;
• Goodbye Bading;
• Large-size Judas Belt;
• Goodbye Philippines;
• Goodbye Delima;
• Bin Laden;
• Hello Columbia;
• Mother Rockets;
• Goodbye Napoles;
• Super Yolanda;
• Mother Rockets;
• All overweight and oversized firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices (FCPD);
• All imported finished products;
• Other unlabelled locally made FCPD products;
• Other types of firecrackers with other brands/names equivalent to those that are prohibited.
The sale of allowed firecrackers outside designated firecracker zones is strictly prohibited and punishable under the law. Violators will face appropriate penalties while these items will be seized.
The PNP said community firework displays in local government units are encouraged as long as these are compliant with minimum health protocols and are held only on designated areas for safety purposes. (PNA)