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PNP starts fireworks safety seminars

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With just 100 days to go till Christmas, the Philippine National Police has started holding fireworks safety seminars to minimize fireworks-related injuries during the holidays.

In Western Visayas, the PNP partnered with the Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association Inc. in holding a seminar with 500 pyrotechnic and firecrackers’ dealers and retailers.

“Hindi natin kaya na makita ang mga kababayan, lalong lalo na sa pagdating ng Christmas season, na merong mag-spend (time) doon sa hospital,” PNP Firearms and Explosives Office head Chief Superintendent Valeriano de Leon said at the seminar in Iloilo City (PNP conducts fireworks safety seminar).

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the various incidents that were cause by negligence, blatant disregard of safety standards and violation of rules and regulations. Sudden loss of lives and livelihood could have been prevented if only extraordinary diligence was observed,” he added.

De Leon pointed out manufacturers in the region should keep safety in mind when manufacturing, distributing, selling and using fireworks.

He said they cannot discount the risk involved in the industry, thus they are enforcing strict national laws to regulate it.

Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association Inc. president Marlene Lea Alapide said attendance in the seminar is one of the requirements of the law for manufacturers, distributors, and dealers to acquire their licenses and permits from the PNP.

In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order limiting the use of firecrackers in the country.

The EO mandates that a community fireworks display should be conducted under the supervision of a trained person duly licensed by the Philippine National Police.