Muntinlupa City to strengthen campaign on firecrackers ban, aims three-year zero casualty streak

Following the success of the local ban on firecrackers and achieving zero firecracker-related injuries during the holiday season on 2018 and 2019, the City Government of Muntinlupa is all set to strengthen its campaign aiming for a three-year zero casualty streak.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged the public to strictly observe the on-going ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices, including open pipe mufflers and other modifications, during the Christmas and New Year celebration. Fresnedi said this initiative is also a protective measure to prevent COVID-19 transmission from social gathering among constituents.

DOH Metro Manila Center for Health Development lauded Muntinlupa City as a model LGU in implementing the ban on firecrackers and fireworks in NCR. Muntinlupa is the sole LGU to have reported zero casualty and firecracker-related injury in Metro Manila for two years in a row.

The mayor ordered the Peace and Order Council, in coordination with Muntinlupa City Police Station, to install checkpoints and conduct inspections and clearing operations on thoroughfares and marketplaces to apprehend violators.

Recently, the Muntinlupa City Council passed Ordinance No. 14-092 prohibiting the display and distribution of firecrackers in Muntinlupa as part of its efforts to reduce cases of casualties and harmful effects of pyrotechnic devices to health and the environment.

Violators will be fined with P1,000 up to P5,000 penalty. While commercial establishments selling firecrackers may face revocation of permit and license to operate in pursuant to penalties provided in the ordinance.

Further, mall owners or similar establishments may organize fireworks displays in designated areas upon securing a permit from Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police.

While alternative noise-making activities are encouraged, the Muntinlupa Traffic and Management Bureau warned motorists that the use of aftermarket mufflers, or removal of such, which emit excessive loud noise causing disturbances in the holiday season will be apprehended.

As per City Ordinance 04-022 or the Muntinlupa City Traffic Code, motorists shall equip their vehicles with a muffler to prevent unusual noise.

Recently, the Department of Health also discouraged the use of “torotot” and whistles during the holiday season as it poses risk of spreading COVID-19 through the release respiratory droplets from using these instruments. The public is encouraged to use beat drums, blow car horns or use various household items to make noise on New Year’s Eve instead.

To report violations, you may coordinate with the following offices: MTMB (8831-9884), PNP Muntinlupa (8862-2611), BFP Muntinlupa (8842-2201), and Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (8925-4351).

As of December 15, Muntinlupa City has 5,025 confirmed cases with 4,814 recoveries, 48 active cases, 163 reported deaths, 40 suspect cases, and 241 probable cases.

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The above information and images were provided by the City Government of Muntinlupa for the purpose of public information and transparency. Some parts were edited for this website.

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