The Bacolod City Police Firearms Explosives Security and Guards Section set the deadline for application of permits to display firecrackers and pyrotechnics materials on December 18.
However, up to yesterday, the police were still waiting for a resolution from the Bacolod City government, proposing a firecracker zone in the city, Supt. Jefferson Descallar, deputy city director for operations.
He said they have received information that the area behind the Pope John Paul II Tower at the Reclamation Area is being eyed as the firecracker market in the city, but they said the Bureau of Fire Protection need to inspect it first.
Descallar said the area near the Bacolod Government Center, which was the firecrackers zone last year, is no longer available since there is an ongoing construction there.
He said there is also no confirmation yet of the report that the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. will handle the management of a firecrackers zone, as it has not coordinated with them yet.
The BCPO said the 71 traders, who have secured their mayor’s permits, were not allowed to sell firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices since they still needed to obtain a retailer’s permit, that has to be approved by the police regional director.
Descallar said they expect applicants to increase to about 100 but will regulate them, as stated on the Republic Act 7183.
Those who lack requirements will not be granted permits, he said.
Only in the firecrackers zone, are traders allowed to sell, he said, adding that displaying firecrackers in markets and barangays, and stocking them in undesignated warehouses are prohibited.
In Bacolod, only one licensed manufacturer has been identified by the police, and aside from other that, others were considered illegal, Descallar said.
Meanwhile, Chief Insp. Noel Polines, head of the BCPO operations branch told the DAILY STAR that if the area behind the Pope John Paul II Tower is not suitable, their second option would be the Old Bacolod Airport in Brgy. Singcang-Airport in Bacolod.*SGG