Malacañang has released an executive order (EO) regulating the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 28 on Tuesday, June 20, which sets guidelines on the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the country.
Duterte acknowledged that the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics was “a Filipino tradition” but said it must be regulated to minimize injuries and casualties.
“As there continues to be a substantial number of firecracker-related injuries, even casualties, recorded every year, some involving mere bystanders, the promulgation of stricter national standards, rules and regulations is warranted,” the President said in the EO.
“To minimize the risk of injuries and casualties, the use of firecrackers shall henceforth be confined to community fireworks display,” he added.
The EO said a display of fireworks qualified as a community fireworks if it complied with the following conditions:
• It is conducted on the occasion or as part of a celebration, competition, or similar event held in a venue other than a place of residence;
• It is conducted under the supervision of a trained person duly licensed by the PNP
• It is allowed by the municipality or city concerned through a permit specifying the date and time of the fireworks display and the specific area in which the display will be conducted, in conformity with national standards, rules and regulations.
Duterte also ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to coordinate with the Department of Health, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Bureau of Fire Protection for the enforcement of the EO.
He said the EO would take effect immediately.