BOCAUE, Bulacan – With only less than two months before the New Year’s celebration, the Department of Trade and Industry in Central Luzon has provided RONDA BALITA Online with the list of 19 companies and 30 brand names that have Philippine Standard mark products.
Warren Serrano, information officer of DTI-Central Luzon, said the current list is the same with last year and this include the brand names of Dragon; L. F. Fireworks; AGE Fireworks; Diamond; Double L; Lion Fireworks; Golden Leopard King; Madz; MD; LRG; BUGS; Aragon; Mila; Jess; Canson; GNE; GEM; Remetre; Nonoy; Nation; Pegasus; Phoenix; Platinum; Purity; Pyro Kreation; R&F Fireworks; Tiger; WOW Fireworks; and Yangco Fireworks.
Four of the companies — A.G.E. Pyrotechnic Enterprises; MADZ Firecracker and Pyrotechnic – Vista Alegre; Mary P DiarescoPyrotechnics Manufacturing and Wow Fireworks Manufacturing—are located outside Bulacan while 15 fireworks companies are located in Bulacan Serrano said and these include Leegendary Fireworks in the town of San Ildefonso; Dragon Fireworks Inc. in San Rafael; Diamond Fireworks in Pulilan; Double L Fireworks in Pandi; Global Lion Fireworks Inc in Santa Maria; Golden Leopard King in Baliwag; Nation Fireworks in Balwag; Pegasus Fireworks in Pulilan; Phoenix Fireworks in Santa Maria; Platinum Fireworks in Santa Maria; Purity Fireworks in Baliwag; Pyro Kreations in Santa Maria; R&F Fireworks in Bocaue; Tiger Fireworks in Angat and Yangco Fireworks in Bocaue..
To be sure the products has passed the Philippine Standard, Serrano advises the consumers to look for the PS marks on the packages of the fireworks products.
On the other hand, Jovenson Ong, president of the Philippine Fireworks Association (PFA) has raised concerns on reports that “piccolo,” a banned and smuggled firecracker, is again being sold in Divisoria.
Ong told RONDA BALITA Online, “We have heard reports that Divisoria in Manila is again selling these rampantly.”
The use of Picollo on New Year’s celebrations accounts for more than half of the annual fireworks-related injuries in the country, Ong noted.
Piccolo is a type of firecracker in the form of a thin small cylindrical stick filled with gunpowder and lit in the same way as a match and can be ignited by rubbing the phosphorus-tipped head on a specially designed striking surface similar to a regular match.
Fireworks stakeholders noted that the product is not locally manufactured and is mainly smuggled from China and are usually repacked and falsely marked “Made in Bulacan” and instructions in Tagalog to make it appear as locally produced.
Importation of finished pyrotechnic products is prohibited under RA 7183 or the Act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
Under Section 6 of the said Act states that “Importatation of chemicals and explosive ingredients—the importation of finished firecrackers and fireworks shall be prohibited.”
Ong said that “to solve the problems of fireworks-related injuries, we need to prevent smuggling of fireworks especially the dreaded piccolo. It’s about time the government stops all these smuggling once and for all.”
To further minimize if not totally eradicate fireworks-related injuries, Ong advises that “consumer fireworks products should only be allowed to be sold if these are checked and passes the product standard mark” of the Department of Trade and Industry.
Meanwhile, Lea Alapide, president of the Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association Inc., has confirmed that the Philippine National Police has already issued licenses and permits to registered fireworks manufacturers and dealers while retailers have until November 15 this year to apply for permits/licenses and approved applications will be released on December 15 this year. (RONDA BALITA Online)