Baguio mayor firm, bans firecracker sale

By ALDWIN QUITASOL
www.nordis.net

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during his weekly “Ugnayan” on Wednesday, December 18 reiterated that selling of fireworks will not be allowed in the city this year.

Domogan told the vendors to stop entertaining false hopes that he may have a change of heart and allow them to sell their wares by the end of the month.

Last Monday, December 16, during the regular session of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Councilor Robert Ortega Jr. advised the firecracker vendors headed by Agnes Montoya to try to appeal again to the mayor and ask him to change his earlier decision.

Domogan stressed that he has allowed the vendors, after their continuous appeal to sell firecrackers in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with the condition that it will be the last.

“We had an agreement with the vendors. For the last three years that we allowed them to sell fireworks, we had always agreed that it would be the last but they never stopped appealing to us for another chance. This time, we will be firm on this. When will they (vendors) honor their word,” he stressed.

Domogan said disallowing the sale of firecrackers is among the measures of the city to minimize pollution and injuries during the new year celebrations.

He said that even if the national government allow the selling of firecrackers, it does not mean that firecracker vendors can automatically sell whenever they want to. He said they are required to seek permits from the local government unit concerned. # nordis.net

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