President Rodrigo Duterte will now push the Congress to enact a law that would ban all firecrackers and pyrotechnic gadgets as early as possible.
This was stated at a press briefing on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Malacañang by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
The Spokesperson replied When asked if the total ban of firecrackers is being pushed because of the “recommendation of the DOH (Department of Health)” or it’s being “prompted by the results of the limited use of fire crackers” during the recent holidays, “The president has always banned firecrackers in Davao City as a Mayor so I do think that it is a result of recommendation of any, other than it’s a result of his own prognosis that firecrackers and pyrotechnics are inimical to human health and safety.”
The President acknowledges that an estimated number of 75,000 individuals who are in the firecracker and pyrotechnics industry are about to lose their jobs if this law is enacted. So President Duterte commanded the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to have alternative livelihood for the said individuals working on those industries.
If consulting the firecrackers and pyrotechnics industries are to be considered, here’s what Roque had to say: “Yes. In fact he wants congress to enact the law begin hearing on the proposed bill that would ban firecrackers as early as possible to afford stakeholders to be consulted.”
This is a very timely issue especially as Chinese New Year is fast approaching. Will the law be passed before the celebration happens? Or are we still going to have lots of firecrackers to see this Chinese New Year?