MANILA – Valenzuela’s city government has prohibited the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in welcoming the New Year.
The local 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.
The city government said it will be prohibited until the state of public health emergency and crisis 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 PHP5,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 30 days, subject to the court’s discretion.
“Aside from the injuries and casualties of firecracker-related incidents, studies show that lighting firecrackers emit air pollutants that weaken the immune system, which raises people’s risk for respiratory ailments, such as Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019),” the city council said in the measure.
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. (PNA)