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Bulacan Guv Sy-Alvarado convenes Provincial Pyrotechnics Regulatory Board in wake of deadly Bocaue blast

Oct 14, 2016 @ 19:45

Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado on Friday, October 14, formally convened the Provincial Pyrotechnics Regulatory Board (PPRB) in wake of deadly firecracker blast in Bocaue which killed two people and wounded 26 others last October 12.

This is order to formulate policies that will make Bulacan’s firecracker industry safer and more globally competitive, the politiko said.

At the same time, Alvarado also instructed the Bulacan police headed by acting director Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., to identify and inspect all fireworks shops and stalls in the province and ensure that the safey measures and other provisions of Republic Act 7183 otherwise known as the “Firecracker Law” is strictly followed.

Aside from the safety provision, the Sy-Alvarado said the law on zoning must also be be strictly observed.

“When inspecting factories, the production building should be several distance away from the packaging site and see to it also that firefighting equipment are in place,” the politiko said.

The Bulacan governor said that the provincial government has taken the initiative to upgrade the status and working standard of pyrotechnicians.

Since 1999, the PPRB has been working with the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in an effort to revolutionize the industry.

The partnership aims to elevate local pyrotechnics to an industry that can produce using local resources, laboratory-tested and manufactured by mechanized production, and at par with international product quality standards.

“There are at least 20,000 families that are dependent on the local fireworks industry. They would be displaced if a total ban is enforced and at least P1.5 billion will be lost in annual revenues from which PHP1 billion comes from Bulacan annually,” he said.

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