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Baguio continues to forbid the sale of fireworks

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In order to prevent people from using firecrackers and other pyrotechnics over the holiday season, the local government is refusing to issue any permits for their sale.

The city government is continuing its long-standing policy of opposing the sale and use of firecrackers and upholding the record of no injuries caused by firecrackers, “Aileen Refuerzo, the director of the city’s public information office, said in a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency on Thursday.

Only neighborhood fireworks displays will be permitted, according to her, assuming the local government issues a permit.

“There are various ways to establish safe ingay around New Year’s and ensure that pollution isn’t caused and that pailaws aren’t harmed in the process” (there are many safe ways of creating noise to greet the New Year without causing pollution or lighting a firecracker or pyrotechnic). Without it, we can still celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year “Added she.

The city government stopped creating selling places in the central business district and also stopped issuing permits to vendors for a number of years.

In support of the Department of Health’s (DOH) “Iwas Paputok” campaign, which resulted in the loss of life, injury to persons, and damage to property, former mayor Mauricio Domogan popularized the ban on the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in 2012. As a result, zero firecracker-related incidents were recorded.

The city administration started a community-based fireworks display at Burnham Park as an alternative to people lighting their own firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

As part of “Christmas in Baguio” celebrations this year, the city organized a New Year’s countdown program at the Melvin Jones football field inside Burnham Park.

The ban on firecrackers is based on Ordinance No. 53 series of 2009, which forbids the sale or igniting of fireworks in the city except during fiestas and other special occasions where the mayor first grants were written authorization.

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