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LGU reminds residents of firework ban


The local government reminds residents that the City will continue to observe the prohibition on fireworks this yuletide season.

Assistant City Administrator Cesar Raz on Monday, December 5, confirmed that the City will remain firework-free pursuant to Ordinance 431, otherwise known as the Firecracker Ban Ordinance of 2014.

The ordinance 431, enacted September 2014, bans the use, sale, possession, distribution, manufacture, and storage of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices within the territorial jurisdiction of Zamboanga City to eliminate unnecessary injuries, loss of lives, and damage to properties.

The ban will be enforced at all time, regardless of the occasion. Transshipment of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices destined to other nearby areas are allowed with conditions and criteria.

Violators of the ordinance shall be penalized with a fine of not less than P 1,000.00 nore more than P 5,000.00, or imprisonment of not less than six months nor more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court in addition to the cancellation of the license or permit issued by PNP and the business permit issued by the city, and the confiscation of inventories and stocks.

Among the reasons for the local government’s stand in prohibiting the use of fireworks in Zamboanga City are to ensure public safety and the desire to prevent fear and anxiety among residents who may still carry memories and trauma from the September 2013 siege.

With the ordinance in effect, no regulated fireworks show for the public will also be allowed. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)

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