Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando expressed optimism there would be fewer injuries caused by firecrackers and fireworks during the holidays this year.
“Hopefully na magkaisa ang mga firecrackers and fireworks business establishment owners para walang mangyaring trahedya that may cause injuries or death during New Year’s Eve celebration,” the governor said.
Fernando made the remark during a visit by the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), who personally inspected various firecrackers and fireworks manufacturers in Bocaue town.
PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said he wanted to make sure that rules and regulations under Republic Act 7183 are being observed by manufacturers, dealers and retailers of pyrotechnics and firecrackers.
“Very lucky ang Bulacan dahil dinalaw tayo ng maaga ni PNP Chief Azurin para magsagawa ng inspeksyon sa mga firecrackers at fireworks establishments dito sa Bocaue na kilalang sentro ng fireworks industry sa bansa,” Fernando said in a Philippine News Agency report.
The PNP chief conducted the inspection together with Brig. Gen. Cesar R. Pasiwen, director of the Police Regional Office-3 (Central Luzon), Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Vice Governor Alex Castro and Bocaue Mayor Jonjon Villanueva.
Bulacan provincial police director Col. Relly Arnedo also attended the inspection as part of the intensified campaign “Ingat Paputok 2023.”