By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
ALL firecrackers and fireworks sold in the market are made in the Philippines.
This was the assurance of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-6 in preparation for the New Year’s Eve.
When buying firecrackers and fireworks, Felisa Judith Degala, chief of DTI-6’s Consumer Protection Division emphasized that the public should look for Philippine Standards (PS) marks.
“Wala imported fireworks, tanan nga ara sa merkado are locally manufactured. Ang bantayan lang is ang PS mark,” Degala said.
The DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) issued PS licenses to 19 brands of fireworks and firecrackers nationwide, according to Degala.
“Before butangan PS mark nag-apply ang mga manufacturers for a PS license sa DTI and ang ila produkto gin-test anay kon mapasar to assess if that particular firework is safe to sold in the market,” she explained.
Based on the updated list of DTI-BPS issued on Dec 21, 2018, the following brands were issued PS licenses and are allowed to sell nationwide: MD, LRG, Nonoy, Bugs, Aragon, Mila, Jess, Canson, GNE, GEM, Remetre & Nonoy, AGE Fireworks, Diamond, Double L, Dragon, Lion Fireworks, Golden Leopard King, L.F. Fireworks, Madz, Nation, Pegasus, Phoenix, Platinum, Purity, Pyro Kreations, R & F Fireworks, Tiger, Wow Fireworks, and Yangco Fireworks.
Degala said their department has the power to confiscate fireworks and firecrackers that lack PS marks.
“May enforcement kita and kon wala proper marking pwede gid maconfiscate and makafile formal charge. As of now, wala pa man kita may nadakpan and wala pa man kita may nareceive reports regarding sa mga violators,” Degala said.
As of now, Degala assured that the provinces in the region have teams to monitor the selling of fireworks and firecrackers in their areas.
“Ang aton provinces may monitoring team and so they will go around sa ila designated areas and lantawon ang mga nakadisplay nga fireworks/firecrackers for sale to check if may proper marking or wala,” she said.