MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay on Tuesday announced that firecrackers remain banned in three barangays in Makati, which were affected by a recent oil leak.
In a statement, Binay said residents of barangays Bangkal, Pio del Pilar and Magallanes should strictly follow the law to prevent any accidents during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
An oil pipeline traversing the barangays was damaged in 2010. The petroleum spillage has settled mostly in those areas.
“Since the problem of the oil leak has not been resolved with finality, the ban on firecrackers, pyrotechnics and similar explosive materials will continue to be strictly implemented in the three affected barangays,” he said.
“I hope the concerned residents will continue to obey the law and observe the ban for the sake of their own families and neighborhood,” Binay added.
Those violating the fireworks ban, as stated under ordinance No. 2010-A-020, will be fined P5,000 and could be imprisoned up to 6 months.
Furthermore, Binay reiterated the ban on the sale of firecrackers to minors aged 15 and below throughout Makati City.
Violators of the law will face a fine of of P1,000 and/or imprisonment for 15 days, or both at the discretion of a court.