EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 130
PROHIBITING THE SALE, DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF FIRECRACKERS AND OTHER SIMILAR MATERIALS AND DEVICES, AND REGULATING THE SALE AND USE OF FIREWORKS IN COTABATO CITY
WHEREAS, it is declared a policy of the State to protect life and uphold the welfare of the people;
WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 2144, series of 2003, prohibits the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession and use of firecrackers and such other similar devices and the exploding of firecrackers and other explosives within Cotabato City in furtherance of public safety, peace and order and security of the community;
WHEREAS, for the past several months, there were series of bombings in the neighboring towns which endangered the lives of innocent people;
WHEREAS, in view of the prevailing security threat and so as not to cause undue alarm and fretfulness to the residents of Cotabato City, there is need to regulate the use of fireworks and the conduct of fireworks event in Cotabato City;
WHEREAS, the sound of explosion of real explosives and fireworks are the same and could hardly be distinguished;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAPAL J. GUIANI, JR., Mayor of the City of Cotabato, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:
SECTION 1. Definition of Terms. For the purpose of this Executive Order, in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance No. 2144, the following terms are defined as:
a. A firecracker (cracker, noise maker, banger, or bunger) is a small explosive device primarily designed to produce a large amount of noise, especially in the form of a loud bang; any visual effect is incidental to this goal.
b. Fireworks are a class of explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic, cultural, entertainment and religious purposes.
c. A fireworks event (also called a fireworks show or pyrotechnics) is a display of the effects produced by firework devices.
d. Other similar materials and devices refer to materials, devices and instruments, both indigenous or manufactured, that produces loud bangs or explosive sounds, e.g. bamboo cannons, PVC pipes that use methane or other similar gases in order to produce gunfire-like sounds.
SECTION 2. Total Firecracker Ban. There is a total firecracker (including other similar materials and devices) ban in the territorial jurisdiction of Cotabato City. Violations thereof shall be dealt with accordingly pursuant to the provisions of Ordinance No. 2144, series of 2003.
SECTION 3. Regulating the Sale and Use of Fireworks. In the interest of public safety, only fireworks that only illuminates and does not emit any sound similar to a gunfire or explosive device will be allowed for sale and use within the territorial jurisdiction of Cotabato City.
SECTION 4. Conduct of Fireworks Display. In order not to cause undue alarm, the conduct of fireworks display shall be limited during the early hours of the night but not to exceed 8 o'clock in the evening. Moreover, the following prerequisites should first be complied at least fifteen (15) days prior:
a. Written request addressed to the City Mayor indicating the following information:
(1) Purpose or occasion
(2) Date and venue of the fireworks display
(3) List of the fireworks materials to be used
b. Clearance or Certification from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) certifying that the site/venue of the fireworks display is safe to both spectators and property.
Upon approval of the request for the holding of fireworks display, the requesting party shall make a paid public announcement over two radio stations in Cotabato City at least twice a day for two days prior.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVITY. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in force unless amended and/or rescinded by competent authority.
Done this 2nd day of December 2014 at Cotabato City, Philippines.