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Bulacan gov inspects fireworks stores
By: PPAO
Thursday, 13 December 2012
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ENSURING PUBLIC SAFETY. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando together with police officers inspect the products of Ding’s Fireworks along with other stores in Brgy. Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan to ensure that they are operating according to the law. Inspections of pyrotechnics products are done regularly in 163 dealers and 50 manufacturers of fireworks in Bulacan. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado directed the Bulacan police and other concerned agencies to regularly inspect fireworks stores and factories and ensure that the safety and other salient provisions of the Firecracker Law is strictly observed.

This happened as the governor together with Vice Governor Daniel Fernando, officials of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office (BPPO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) conducted a lighting inspection of fireworks stores in Brgy. Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan.

Alvarado urged fireworks dealers to strictly follow the safety provisions of the law and personally checked if their fire extinguishers and other fire-fighting equipment are in good working condition.

He also encouraged the dealers not to sell smuggled pyrotechnics devices saying that influx of imported fireworks into the local market is killing the local industry.

The governor also directed the Bulacan police to intensify their crackdown against killer types of firecrackers like “Goodbye Philippines” and other types of oversized noisemakers.

“We are doing this to uplift awareness and guide the public in the proper handling of fireworks especially among children, “ Alvarado said.

He said that fireworks and pyrotechnics devices being sold in Bulacan undergoes stringent quality control as he encouraged manufacturers to put safety instructions on the labels of every fireworks products.

Alvarado also instructed PDRRM executive officer Liz Mungcal and Provincial Public Affairs Office chief Maricel Santos Cruz to produce leaflets and flyers on the safe use of firecrackers and distribute them along fireworks stalls.

He also said that firetrucks and ambulances will be on site as more buyers are expected to flock in this town, dubbed as the “hub” of fireworks industry in the country and other nearby towns like Sta. Maria and Baliuag.

Supt. Fitz Macariola, operations officer of BPPO, said that there are at least 163 licensed fireworks dealers and 50 manufacturers in Bulacan. He said that the provincial “Task Force: Paputok” headed by Supt. Adriano Enong is regularly making rounds on the rows of fireworks stores in Brgy. Turo and other parts of the provinces to ensure that the safety and zoning provisions of the firecracker law are strictly followed. ###

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