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Unlicensed Fireworks Seized by DTI and PNP from Shops in Bocaue, Bulacan

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) joined forces to seize unlicensed fireworks in Bocaue, Bulacan.

A few days before New Year’s Day, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) performed surprise inspections of firecrackers from stores where certain items did not display the Philippine Standard (PS) mark. Following the random inspections, over 659 units of fireworks valued P39,193 were seized.

Bocaue Unlicensed Fireworks

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The availability of unauthorized fireworks in the market, according to Assistant Secretary Ann Claire Cabochan, head of the DTI’s consumer protection department, was alarming. She also cautioned that if a firecracker is not certified, it may cause injury to users.

“It is a cause of concern because it simply shows that even if a product [that] is highly regulated needs a license, somehow it gets in the market where the ordinary consumer can buy [it],” she said.

“‘Pag ‘di dumaan sa certification process, mayroong danger (If it did not undergo the certification process, there is danger) that it will damage not only the property but also injure or cause fatalities,” Cabochan added.

There were no illegal fireworks such as kwitis, according to Bulacan police commander Manuel Lukban, who was present during the inspection. This could be owing to a global lack of chemicals used in the fabrication of deadly firecrackers. The Philippine National Police had already established guidelines for the usage of fireworks during the holidays.

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