Makati bans fireworks in 12 barangays; Sets strict guidelines for community fireworks displays for remaining 21


December 28, 2017

Ref,: Makati ICRD, 8998938



Makati bans fireworks in 12 barangays;

Sets strict guidelines for community fireworks displays for remaining 21



The city government of Makati on Wednesday issued a directive banning the use of fireworks in 12 out of its 33 barangays, and setting the guidelines for the remaining barangays, which will be allowed to put up only one pyrotechnic display zone each after obtaining a permit from City Hall.


On the orders of Mayor Abby Binay, city administrator Atty. Claro Certeza issued a memorandum providing guidelines for the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in the city.


“We have come up with stringent guidelines providing adequate precautionary measures to ensure the safety of Makatizens in welcoming the New Year. We urge our barangay leaders and residents to fully cooperate with the city government in aiming for a zero-casualty, accident-free celebration in our city,” Mayor Abby said.


In his memorandum to all barangay chiefs of Makati, Certeza said the “density of structures and residential housing” in the city has prompted the city government to exercise its authority to come up with its own policies suited to its local conditions.  


Unlike Executive Order No. 28 which authorizes the use of pyrotechnic devices outside the Community Fireworks Area, Makati limits the use of fireworks inside a designated zone only, and allows just one such area for each of the 21 barangays not covered by the total ban. It also requires the barangays to first secure a permit from City Hall prior to using a designated community pyro display zone.


The city directive identified 12 barangays where fireworks and pyrotechnic displays are totally banned, including Bangkal, Magallanes and Pio del Pilar which are covered by the ban imposed through City Ordinance No. 2010-A-020 due to the West Tower oil leak. Barangays Rizal, Cembo, East Rembo, Northside, Pinagkaisahan, Carmona, Olympia, San Antonio, and Sta. Cruz were included in the ban due to lack of fire stations or fire trucks.


The memorandum also directs the 21 barangays not covered by the ban to create a Task Force on Pyrotechnics Display Zone which will ensure full compliance with the guidelines. They will need to submit to the City Administrator’s Office, copy furnished the DILG-Makati, the designated Pyro Display zone, names of the composition of the Task Force, and list of available precautionary resources like firetrucks, ambulances, and Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management response and emergency medical teams.


Proposed designated pyro display zones must comply with the following requirements: There shall only be one pyro display zone per barangay; It shall be in an open space with a five-meter set-back from the nearest structure or building; People shall not be allowed within 100 feet from the pyrotechnic device; Each area shall be provided with a stand-by firetruck, ambulance with Emergency Medical Team, fire extinguishers, and stand-by BDRRM response teams.


¿¿¿Certeza said each Task Force will be chaired by the punong barangay, and will be composed of the following as members:  ¿¿¿PNP Station or Police Community Relations Commander, BFP Station Commander or his representative, MAPSA, Bantay Bayan, and Environmental Police.


The Task Force will perform the following functions: Designate Pyrotechnics Display Zone in their barangay; Conduct information drive regarding the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices outside of the community fireworks display area; Provide precautionary measures in designated Pyrotechnic Device Zones; Conduct and ensure that the pyrotechnics displays are within the designated area; Conduct clean-up immediately after the pyrotechnics display.


It will also confiscate illegal firecrackers per DILG-DOH-DOF-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2014 and DILG MC 2017-168. These include Piccolo, Super Lolo, Whistle bomb, Goodbye Earth, Atomic Big Triangulo, Judas Belt, Watusi, Firecrackers which are oversized or overweight, Firecrackers with fuse that burn in less than 3 seconds or more than 6 seconds, Imported finished products, Firecrackers with mixture of phosphorus, or sulfur with that of chlorate and polyvinyl pipe “boga”, and other types equivalent to explosive content of more than 0.2 gram or 1/3 teaspoon.


Other illegal firecrackers to be confiscated include those firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices manufactured, sold or distributed without the necessary occupancy permit, business permit or permit to operate; those transported without a permit to transport; Imported firecrackers or fireworks in the market.


As defined in the guidelines, pyrotechnic devices are those materials capable of undergoing self-contained and self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions for the production ofheat, light, gas, smoke and/or sound, like Christmas fountain or pailaw that produces smoke, heat, light or fire without an explosion.



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