Win Gatchalian wants to ban the sale of firecrackers for “recreational” use to minimize health and safety hazards rooted in the tradition of using pyrotechnics during Christmas and New Year’s revelries.
In his proposed Senate Bill No. 1140, or the Firecrackers Prohibition Act of 2016, he said: “Every year, we endure the pollutants caused by the use of firecrackers to welcome the New Year.”
“We see news flashes of countless injuries, especially to hapless children. Until when should we allow this cycle of perils to our health and environment?” he asked.
Gatchalian’s proposed measure prohibits the sale and distribution of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices to individuals for recreational use.
Under SBN 1140, any person will also be prohibited from using firecrackers and other fireworks for recreational use.
“However, commercial and industrial users, such as those who use fireworks for authorized large-scale pyrotechnic shows, are exempt from the general prohibition,” said Gatchalian.
“Our goal here is to protect the people from exposure to unnecessary harm and injury during the Christmas season. It's all about celebrating the holidays in a responsible and disciplined manner,” he said.