The Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr along with government officials inspected stores selling firecrackers at Dinglasan Compound in Barangay Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan on Thursday.
PNP Chief Azurin was accompanied by Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Vice Governor Alexis C. Castro, Geraldine M. Panlilio, Regional Director of Department of Labor and Employment, Mayor Eduardo J. Villanueva, and other members of Pyrotechnics Regulatory Board (PRB).
“We are conducting this inspection to assure the public that the necessary provisions under the Republic Act 7183 on regulating, manufacturing, and distributing firecrackers are strictly implemented to ensure safe and peaceful celebration of the Yuletide season”, PGen Azurin said.
Among other purposes of the inspection is also to make sure that health safety protocols are being observed especially in the pyro marketplace, and to help promote the pyro industry by informing the public that fireworks are not totally banned in the country.
PGen Azurin and the rest of the members of inspection team checked every stall if they have the necessary permit to operate, fire protection device such as fire extinguisher, as well the size, weight and brand of the items followed the existing requirements.
Before the ocular inspection, a press conference was held, and Azurin reminded the public not to patronize illegal firecrackers as it could endanger lives.
“Ipagdiwang sana natin ng matiwasay, masagana at payapa ang darating na kapaskuhan at Bagong Taon. Iwasan natin ang paggamit ng iligal na paputok at huwag nating tangkilikin ang mga nagbebenta nito, bagkus ipagbigay alam agad ito sa tanggapan ng ating kapulisan upang matigil ang kanilang maling gawain at maiwasan ang disgrasyang maaring idulot nito”, PNP Chief PGen Azurin said.
The stringent inspection is part of the PNPs continued crackdown against illegal firecrackers that are harmful to the people.