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03 December 2008

2008 O - 63 - PROHIBITING THE MANUFACTURE, SALE, DISTRIBUTION, POSSESSION AND USE OF FIRECRACKERS OR PYROTECHNIC DEVICES AND SUCH OTHER SIMILAR DEVICE

EXCERPTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SESSION OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD OF OLONGAPO, HELD ON DECEMBER 3, 2008 AT THE CITY HALL.

PRESENT:

Hon. Cynthia G. Cajudo - - - - - - City Vice-Mayor & Presiding Officer
Hon. Gina Gulanes-Perez - - - - - - City Councilor
Hon. John Carlos G. Delos Reyes- - - “ “
Hon. Rodel S. Cerezo - - - - - - - - - - “ “
Hon. Sarah Lugerna Lipumano-Garcia- “ “
Hon. Edwin J. Piano - - - - - - - - - - - - - “ “
Hon. Angelito W. Baloy - - - - - - - - - “ “
Hon. Aquilino Y. Cortez, Jr.- - - - - - - - “ “
Hon. Anselmo A. Aquino- - - - - - - - - “ “
Hon. Elena C. Dabu- - - - - - - - - - - “ “
Hon. Jonathan G. Manalo- - - - - - “ “
Hon. Carlito A. Baloy - - - - - - - - - - - President, Liga ng mga Barangay
Hon. Cheenee F. Hoya- - - - - - - - - SK Federation President

ABSENT:

None.

WHEREAS, The Department of the Interior and Local Government issued Memorandum Circular No. 2007-165, dated December 27, 2007entitled, “Reiterating DILG MC No. 2002-188 On The Strict Implementation Of Republic Act No. 7183, Titled: An Act Regulating The Sale, Manufacture, Distribution And Use Of Firecrackers And Other Pyrotechnic Devices;”

WHEREAS, item no. 2 of the said circular states that “The local sanggunian may also pass an ordinance totally prohibiting the manufacture, sale, distribution and use of any firecracker and pyrotechnic devices, if there is a reasonable ground to believe that radical groups may take advantage of the holiday season merriment for their lawless designs;

WHEREAS, Memorandum Circular 2008 – 162 dated November 3, 2008 enjoins all Local Chief Executives to cause the cancellation or revocation of business permits or licenses of business establishments found manufacturing, importing, distributing and selling any consumer product declared as injurious and dangerous to health and safety;

WHEREAS, every year significant number of injuries, both severe and mild, caused by firecrackers were reported and recorded by the City Health Department wherein most victims were minors;

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Councilor Rodel S. Cerezo, co-sponsored by Councilors Gina G. Perez, John Carlos G. delos Reyes, Edwin J. Piano, Angelito W. Baloy, Aquilino Y. Cortez, Jr., Anselmo A. Aquino, Elena C. Dabu, Jonathan G. Manalo, Carlito A. Baloy and Cheenee F. Hoya, with the unanimous accord of the Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod present,

RESOLVED, AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, by the Sangguniang Panlungsod in session assembled, to enact the following Ordinance:


ORDINANCE NO. 63
(Series of 2008)

AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE MANUFACTURE, SALE, DISTRIBUTION, POSSESSION AND USE OF FIRECRACKERS OR PYROTECHNIC DEVICES AND SUCH OTHER SIMILAR DEVICES AND CAUSING THE EXPLOSION OF THE SAME OR OTHER SIMILAR EXPLOSIVES WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF OLONGAPO CITY

BE IT ORDAINED, BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD IN SESSION ASSEMBLED, THAT:

SECTION 1. TITLE. – This Ordinance shall be known as “The Total Ban Of Manufacture, Sale, Distribution, Possession And Use Of Firecrackers Or Pyrotechnic Devices Within Territorial Jurisdiction Of Olongapo City”

SECTION 2 PURPOSE OF THIS ORDINANCE. – It is the purpose of this Ordinance to prohibit the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession and use of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices and such other similar explosive devices within Olongapo City to promote public safety, peace, order and security.

Firecrackers, as fire hazards, and known to cause bodily harms, injuries and even deaths, were shown in studies and were proven to also cause the following:

• Increase in toxic fumes and gases like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, as well as suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the air;
• Increase in noise pollution above 125 decibel (dB), which is above the tolerable limits, and can cause deafness;
• Increase in incidents of respiratory diseases such as acute bouts of asthma and bronchitis, and may also trigger heart attacks.

SECTION 3. PROHIBITED ACTS. – It shall be unlawful for any person or business establishment to manufacture, sell or offer sale, distribute, possess or use any firecracker or pyrotechnic devices or such other similar devices within the territory of Olongapo City;

SECTION 4. PENALTIES. – Violation of any of the provisions of Section 3 of this Ordinance shall be penalized as follows:

A.) For the first offense, a fine of One Thousand Pesos (PhP1,000.00) or imprisonment of not more than One (1) month but no less than twenty (20) days, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the Court. In addition thereto, the concerned business establishment’s business permit shall be suspended and it shall be ordered to be closed by the City Government for a period not less than three (3) months but not more than six (6) months.

B.) For the second offense, a fine of Three Thousand Pesos (PhP3,000.00) or imprisonment of not more than Three (3) months but not less than One (1) month, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the Court. In addition thereto, the concerned business establishment’s business permit shall be suspended and it shall be ordered to be closed by the City Government for a period not less than six (6) months and one (1) day but not more than twelve (12) months.

C.) For the Third offense, a fine of Five Thousand Pesos (PhP5,000.00) or imprisonment of not more than Six (6) months but not less than Three (3) months, or fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the Court. In addition thereto, the concerned business establishment’s business permit shall be immediately revoked by the City Government and it shall be ordered permanently closed.

If the violation is committed by a business establishment, the President/General Manager or other person, acting in behalf of either the President or General Manager shall be held liable in the case of a corporation or partnership, or the owner or proprietor or the person acting in his behalf shall be held responsible in the case of a single proprietorship.

SECTION 5. CONFISCATION. – All confiscated firecracker and pyrotechnic devices will be destroyed under the supervision of the City Mayor, and the Members of the Task Force Anti-Firecrackers.

SECTION 6. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE. – Should any of the provisions of this Ordinance be declared inoperative by the Courts for being inconsistent with the Constitution or the law, the other unaffected provisions of this Ordinance shall remain in full force and effect.

SECTION 7. REPEALING CLAUSE. – Any and all ordinances or parts thereof which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 8. – This Ordinance shall take effect after its approval and following its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY, December 3, 2008.


CYNTHIA G. CAJUDO
City Vice-Mayor & Presiding Officer


GINA GULANES-PEREZ JOHN CARLOS G. DELOS REYES
City Councilor City Councilor


RODEL S. CEREZO SARAH LUGERNA LIPUMANO-GARCIA
City Councilor City Councilor

EDWIN J. PIANO ANGELITO W. BALOY
City Councilor City Councilor

AQUILINO Y. CORTEZ, JR ANSELMO A. AQUINO
City Councilor City Councilor

ELENA C. DABU JONATHAN G. MANALO
City Councilor City Councilor


CARLITO A. BALOY CHEENEE F. HOYA
President, Liga ng mga Barangay SK Federation President


ATTEST:

ELFLIDA S. SALMON
Council Secretary

APPROVED BY HIS HONOR, THE CITY MAYOR ON______________________.



JAMES GORDON, JR.
City Mayor
ATTEST:

DELFIN A. JUICO, JR.
Secretary to the City Mayor

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6 Comments:

  • so the city government is saying it is not safe for tourism in olongapo? they quote that a local govenment unit can ban if there is concern radical groups will use.
    no provisions for firework performances? tourist expect firework shows. are they trying to kill tourism? send the tourist elsewhere?
    I understand the intent, i normally stay home for the days around christmas and new years and i welcome the quite but to ban firworks entirely is wrong,, should of addded a provision for permits to hold

    By Blogger charles, at 10:04 PM  

  • what? total ban on fireworks? i'm not really into using fireworks but a quiet and dark new year's eve??? i guess it no use staying up til midnight

    By Blogger kuyaq, at 11:48 PM  

  • No New Years Eve fireworks display. What's next...no more Christmas Mass........the Church bells make to much noise.....time to get real

    By Blogger Sam, at 2:41 AM  

  • There must be reasonable ground to believe that lawless groups will take advantage of the holiday season. The Sanggunian has made it clear that they do not like fireworks, but not a word on the reasonable ground. Is our safety imperiled? What are they not telling us about the lawless groups? Or could it be that the entire law in unconstitutional?

    By Blogger SargeE7, at 10:58 AM  

  • It is definitely preposterous.

    By Blogger idiotproofed, at 10:52 PM  

  • i think you should re study your ordinance. does this means on chinese new year prohibited din ang fireworks/fire crackers? remember na kasama ito sa tradition namin mga chinese.sana before pinatupad itong ordinance na ito you have made an alternative fireworks display para sa mga kabataan to enjoy this time of the year, kamukha ng ginagawa sa davao. maybe your going to say it is for our environment. then if it is for the environment maybe you should talk to the SBMA administrator and chairman to stop the new years countdown and fireworks sa SBMA. for the environment right? then stand and be firm with your decision. sasabihin natin hindi natin sakop yun. then why don't you try to talk to them...
    sana ni regulate lang muna natin, like bawal ang pla-pla, bawang, judas belt, sawa and some firecrackers na ganun o mas malaks pa. sana hindi pinag bawal ang fountain, trumpillo, lucis which the kids enjoy on new years eve, for sure we enjoy those things when we are still a kid.kahit hindi tayo ang nagpapaputok o ang ating kapit bahay na mayayaman ang meron. still it tickles something in our heart. masaya, nakaka relax. unless you have not enjoy those things when you are kid. sabi nga sa tagalog pinagkaitan ng tadhana.
    sana nun ginawa niyo itong ordinance na ito. sinabayan niyo ng gawa... have a budget para sa sama samang fireworks display sa ulo ng apo diba? and sana kinausap niyo ang mga karatig bayan ng olongapo na banned din sa kanila ang fireworks. your going to ask why? kasi today is 31st of dec ayun nagkalat ang paputok sa subic at dinalupihan.
    bottom line... REGULATE...
    NOT TOTAL BANNED...

    daig pa natin marshall law....

    By Blogger Dwight thomas, at 4:32 PM  

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