CCPO urges police stations to monitor selling of firecrackers

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has ordered its 11 police stations to monitor the fireworks sold in their respective jurisdiction.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of CCPO, said that based on a city ordinance, vendors will only be allowed to sell fireworks on December 15 or 10 days before Christmas in designated zone.

They also have to secure a permit from the Civil Security Unit in Central Visayas (CSU 7).

Last year, the designated display area for firecrackers was in South Road Properties (SRP).

But for this year, Parilla said the Cebu City Government has not identified yet the designated firecracker zone, but this would likely be in SRP, since it is an open area and far from residential houses.

Parilla said those who are found selling firecrackers secretly will be given a warning for the first offense, confiscation of explosive materials for the second offense, and filing of charges for the third offense.

The Philippine National Police has been regulating the use of fireworks since former President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to ban fireworks from outside the country due to the large number of accidents during the Christmas and New Year revelries. (AYB, TPT)