Valenzuela became the second city in Metro Manila to issue a ban on the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in welcoming the New Year.
The city government has approved City Ordinance 833 imposing a total ban on the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, and use or play of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices within the city.
However, the city government said firecrackers are banned until the state of public health emergency and crisis caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is lifted.
“Any person found violating any of the prohibited acts in the next preceding section shall be penalized,” the ordinance stated.
Violators could be penalized with a fine of P5,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 30 days, subject to the court’s discretion.
The city government said the measure also aims to discourage people from social crowding to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
It added that the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices has toxic consequences for humans, animals, and the environment.
Marikina announced on Monday that its mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro has issued an executive order banning the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in welcoming the New Year.
Teodoro made the order to ensure the safety of residents this New Year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Teodoro said the order complies with Resolution No. 19 of the Regional Peace and Order Council, adopting the recommendation on the ban on firecrackers in the Metro Manila.
He added Marikina will pass an ordinance to ban of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. SOVEREIGNPH