BACOLOD City – The PNP Regional Civil Security Unit (RCSU-6) in Western Visayas has seized PHP107,630 worth of firecrackers and pyrotechnics transported without permit by a seller here on Wednesday.
Senior Police Officer 1 Joshua Barile, head of RCSU-6 Firearms and Explosive Section, said in an interview on Thursday that retailer John Harley Vertudes failed to present a permit to transport being issued by their office.
“Each retailer and dealer is required to secure a permit to transport from the warehouse going to the retailers’ kiosks at the Bacolod Reclamation Area,” he said.
Barile said that during the inspection conducted by the team of Senior Supt. Jomil John Trio, chief of RCSU-6, Vertudes did not have a permit to transport and proof of purchase from an authorized dealer.
Vertudes said he bought the items from the dealer’s warehouse on Alijis Road in this city.
Barile said the retailer told them he did not secure a permit to transport because the volume of the goods was just minimal.
“We seized the items while these were being unloaded and these are now in our custody. He has secured a retailer’s permit from the city, but he has no permit to transport,” he added.
Barile said firecracker retailers have been told to secure a permit to transport with a fee of PHP360 during the required seminar for sellers conducted by the police.
“We, in the regulating body for firecrackers, we hold a dialogue with them before the month of December. They cannot blame us if we carry out an enforcement. They are well-informed regarding the rules and regulations,” he added.
Barile said the RCSU-6 utilizes force multipliers in gathering intelligence information regarding violations of Republic Act 7183, or an Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, and Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices.
“We act immediately once we receive information,” he added. (PNA)