The Philippine National Police reiterated calls for a safe and meaningful holiday celebration by regulating the sale of firecrackers.
“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 General Dionardo Carlos said.
The sale of these illegal firecrackers, outside the firecracker zones is strictly prohibited and punishable under the law.
If caught, these items will be seized and necessary penalties will be imposed upon the illegal manufacturer and seller.
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 over weight and not imported
Here 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), and
• Other types equivalent to the foregoing pyrotechnic devices
Meanwhile, the prohibited firecrackers are:
• 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
All consumers of pyrotechnics or pailaw are allowed to be used by the public even outside one’s residence (Section 2 of EO 28). Allowable consumer pyrotechnics include butterfly, fountain, luces, mabuhay, roman candle, sparklers, “Trompillo,” whistle devices and all kinds of pyrotechnic devices (Pailaw).
The determination of what constitutes prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices shall be vested with the director-general of the PNP.
Community firework display in local government units is encouraged as long as they adhere to the minimum public health standard and are done only in designated areas for safety purposes.*