Firecracker vendors told: Secure permits

Only firecracker vendors with necessary permits are allowed to sell their products in Iloilo City.

City Administrator Hernando Galvez said the vendors must secure special permits from the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO).

“Obtaining the permit means that you complied with all the requirements.”

On Monday, Dec. 17, Mayor Jose Espinosa III issued an executive order (EO) designating areas for selling and buying firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the city.

The designated areas are Circumferential Road 1, corner Jocson Street in Arevalo district; Circumferential Road 1, corner East Coast – Capiz Road along Ondoy’s Sugbahan in Jaro district; and Muelle Loney Street along the Iloilo River in front of the statue of the late British consul to Iloilo Nicholas Loney in the City Proper

Amo lang ni nga tatlo ang ginrecommend sang Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). Waay kita sang may mahimo kay bilang experto sa amo sina nga patag, the mayor has decided to respect and approve their recommendation,” Galvez said.

Ginabawal man ang pagbaligya sa mga duog nga may mga balay kag madamo sang tawo kasubong sang plaza,” he added.

Vending stalls, under the EO, must at least 1 meter apart from each other, and have a dimension of two meters by four meters and a total floor area of 8 square meters.

They must also have double walls made of hardiflex for inner side, and GI sheet for outer side and roof.

The vendors are likewise mandated to post “no testing” and “no smoking” signages with a dimension of three feet by two feet bearing the telephone number of the BFP.

Electrical outlets and cooking is prohibited in the area.

The display must be covered with plastic.

Only LED lights are allowed to be used within the premises.

“We are not disallowing the vendors from selling of authorized items but these should be regulated to celebrate the holiday season without any untoward incident,” Espinosa said.

The vendors will only be allowed to sell their firecrackers until December 31.

Meanwhile, Galvez said fireworks displays are allowed at the car parks of SM City Iloilo and Iloilo Business Park, and Arevalo Plaza.IMT