MANILA - A fireworks ban in three barangays in the city will remain even as the cleaning phase of the 2010 oil leak remains ongoing.
The barangays are Bangkal, Magallanes and Pio del Pilar.
The fireworks prohibited include baby rocket, bawang, small triangulo, pulling of strings, paper caps, el Diablo, watusi, Judah’s belt, and sky rocket (kwitis). Banned pyrotechnic devices include sparklers, luces, fountain, jumbo regular and special, mabuhay, roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, whistle, butterfly, and all kinds of pyrotechnic devices (pailaw).
“Although the cleaning phase of the oil leak has been ongoing for years now, the city government deems it proper to keep the ordinance in effect so that no further harm could befall our constituents,” Makati Mayor Junjun Binay said.
“We have been in constant communication with our environmental specialists and consultants who will determine when the soil and water in the area have been freed from traces of oil,” he added.
The oil leak was discovered at the basement of the West Tower Condominium in Bangkal in July that year. Mung bean-sized holes were found in the pipeline of the First Philippine Industrial Corporation (FPIC), which passes through the area.
Makati is already coordinating with the FPIC on the ongoing cleaning and remediation phase of the soil and water underneath the West Tower Condominium.
Under City Ordinance No. 2010-A-020 that was earlier issued, violators of the firecrackers ban will be penalized with a fine of P5,000 or six months imprisonment. For juridical entities, such as corporations or partnerships, the president or general manager, or any other person acting in behalf of the president or the general manager shall be held liable. The owner of single proprietorship businesses or the person acting in his/her behalf will be held liable the violation under the ordinance.
Binay also reminded the public of the 1994 ordinance that prohibits the sale of any firecracker to minors aged 15 years and below. Ordinance No. 1997-290 prohibits merchants or storeowners in the city from selling any kind of firecracker to minors 15 years old and below. Violation for this would entail a fine of P1,000 and/or imprisonment or 15 days, or both at the discretion of the Court.