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’Cracker ban mulled

  • Written by Efren Montano
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A PROPOSED firecracker ban is up for study.

Malacañang yesterday said concerned agencies would look into the proposed national firecracker ban executive order to ease the possible loss of jobs and ensure that celebrations remain festive.
“A revised EO on the firecracker ban will be submitted. The concerned agencies will look into the proposal to regulate pyrotechnics to mitigate the possible loss of jobs and at the same time enable traditional celebration of festivities,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in a text message to Palace reporters.
The EO on the proposed national firecracker ban was discussed during the eighth Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Thursday.
President Rodrigo Duterte said the decision on the ban would be left to the Cabinet.
The Philippine National Police is pushing for stiffer penalties for those who will violate the firecracker law, but the Philippine Fireworks Association and Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association Incorporated (PPMDAI) reminded the Duterte administration that "millions" of people depend  on the industry.
Davao City, where Duterte served as a mayor for 23 years, has an executive order signed in 2001 and an ordinance passed in 2002 that ban firecrackers in the city.