CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – Pyrotechnic stakeholders give reactions on Memorandum Order No. 31 by President Rodrigo Duterte signed on October 29.
The order suspends the granting of new licenses and permits for the manufacture, sale, and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.
It states “The suspension herein ordered shall remain in effect until declared lifted by the Office of the President upon a recommendation of the PNP (Philippine National Police) Chief and his submission of a report on the review undertaken on existing licenses and permits.”
Jovenson Ong, president of the Philippine Fireworks Association (PFA), said that the order is “actually good for the existing players.
“It is better that existing licensed holders are really inspected such that they can prove if what they are selling is of good quality if their facilities are of standard, and most especially if these are real manufacturers or just using their licenses as fronts for the illegal importation of fireworks,” Ong pointed out.
He also noted that most injuries caused by firecrackers are from smuggled sources and added that they lauded the initiative of President Duterte to close down errant license holders.
On the other hand, Lea Alapide, president of the Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association Inc., said the order was for the suspension on the processing only of new licenses and permits.
The PPMDAI officials will meet with PNP officials on Monday in Camp Crame for guidance specifically on what are the exact parameter of the memorandum order, Alapide said.
Beside the suspension on the processing of licenses and permits, the memorandum ordered the PNP to conduct inspections to ensure that manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and users of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices are in compliance with safety guidelines and to confiscate and destroy prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices, and cancel or revoke the licenses and permits of those found violating existing laws, rules and regulations. (RONDA Balita Online News)