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The city of Iloilo controls fireworks and pyrotechnic devices.

This holiday season, the city administration issued an ordinance regulating the sale, distribution, manufacturing, and use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices throughout the city.

“It is believed that as part of Filipino traditions, the usage of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices will most likely be done in anticipation of holiday celebrations,” declared Executive Order 145 signed by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treas on December 6.

From December 18 to December 31, fireworks and other pyrotechnics devices may be displayed and sold in specified display zones.

Circumferential Road 1 corner Jocson Street, Iloilo East Coast–Capiz Road, and Muelle Loney along the Riverside in front of Muelle Loney’s statue are among them.

A firewall must separate the display zones from one another, and each should have a fire extinguisher on hand.

Furthermore, testing and smoking within 15 meters are prohibited.

Stoves, exploding flames, and electrical heaters are also prohibited in the exhibition zone.

On the other hand, a section of the Iloilo River Esplanade in Barangay Progreso Lapuz has been designated as an acceptable venue for fireworks/pyrotechnic displays as long as the conditions are met and permissions are obtained from the appropriate government authorities.

Explosives containing more than three teaspoons of ingredient; those that endanger life and limb, such as atomic big triangulo, super lolo, and their equivalent; those containing sulfur and/or phosphorous mixed with chlorates; those without permits; and Class 4 fireworks used by persons who are not qualified as licensed pyrotechnicians and/or licensed fireworks display operators are all prohibited.

Class 4 fireworks do not meet the requirements of Classes 1, 2, or 3, and are appropriate for use within domestic buildings, outdoor or moderately confined locations, and outside use in broad open spaces, respectively.

“It shall be the responsibility of the manufacturers, dealers, retailers, fireworks display operators, those intending to conduct a firework and pyrotechnic device exhibition, and those intending to transport fireworks and pyrotechnic devices to secure the necessary permits, licenses, and fees,” according to the order.

The decree also clearly prohibits sale to minors, and the vendor may require evidence of age from the buyer in the form of an identification card.

Meanwhile, the manufacturing area must be at least 300 meters away from the residential area, if not from the nearest wall, and suitable safety measures must be in place.

Inspections will be conducted by the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Iloilo City Public Safety and Traffic Management Office, and barangay officials to verify that the EO is followed.

“Let us preserve the welfare of our family and community this holiday season, especially when it comes to the use of fireworks,” Treas stated.

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