DTI issues list of certified brands for fireworks, pyrotechnic devices
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MANILA - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday released the list of firecracker and pyrotechnic device brands that have sought safety certification from the government.
“Fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices by nature are not safe. But we can lessen the risk by choosing the right brands. We strongly encourage the public to purchase only DTI-Certified fireworks,” Gerardo Maglalang, DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS) officer-in-charge said.
Under the BPS Product Certification Scheme, manufacturers and importers of the products under mandatory certification are required to apply for the Philippine Standard (PS) license and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate, before their products are sold in the market.
Only manufacturers and importers whose products have passed the Philippine National Standard (PNS) requirements will be issued the PS license and ICC certificate. DTI-BPS requires the manufacturers and importers to place the PS and ICC marks on the products prior to distribution to retailers.
Fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices are part of the 62 products under mandatory certification such as construction materials, chemical products, electrical and electronic home appliances and consumer products.
Administrative cases will be filed against manufacturers, importers and retailers found not complying with the scheme for violation of the DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2:2007; Republic Act (RA) 7394, otherwise known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines; and RA 4109 or the Standards Law.
If found guilty, the owners or operators of erring establishments will be fined up to P300,000 and their DTI-issued permit or license will be cancelled.
As of November 15, the DTI-BPS has issued the PS license to 14 manufacturers of fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. The BPS has not issued the ICC certificate to any importer.
Below is the complete list of DTI-certified fireworks and firecrackers brands as of November 15:
The Philippine National Police (PNP), as mandated in Republic Act 7183, regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
Under the said law, the manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers are required to secure a license or permit from the PNP before selling and distributing their products. The law also prohibits the sale of imported finished fireworks and only DTI-certified manufacturers are allowed to import chemicals or explosive ingredients for the production of fireworks.
RA 7183 specifies as well the types of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices that can be legally sold, such as firecrackers – Baby rocket, Bawang, Small triangulo, Pulling of strings, Paper caps, El diablo, Judah's belt, Sky rocket (kwitis), and, other types equivalent to the foregoing in explosive content; pyrotechnic devices – Sparklers, Luces, Fountain, Jumbo regular, Mabuhay, Roman candle, Trompillo, Airwolf, Whistle device, Butterfly, all kinds of pyrotechnic devices (pailaw), and, other types equivalent to the foregoing devices.
The PNP has yet to issue its updated list for 2013 of banned fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. The existing list includes the following: Atomic big triangulo and Super Lolo and their equivalent, Lolo Thunder, Bawang (large), Pla-pla, Watusi, Kwiton, Giant Whistle, Judas Belt (large), Og, Atomic Bomb, Piccolo, Goodbye Philippines, and Kabas.
"Aside from the PS mark, also check if the fireworks are properly labeled with name of firework, classification and intended use, brand or trade name, name and address of manufacturer, and the words 'Made in the Philippines'. This is part of the minimum labeling requirements under the Consumer Act," said Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, DTI- Consumer Welfare and Business Regulations Group (CWBRG) officer-in-charge.
Certified products should also specify the effects of the firework such as “Emits shower of spark”, and/or “Produces bangs”, and more importantly, include appropriate instruction for use, and warning and precautionary signs such as “Keep away from eyes and skin”, “Do not put in mouth”, and “Use only under adult supervision”.
“Most importantly, the DTI urges consumers to follow instructions for use indicated on the packages of certified pyrotechnic devices to prevent injuries or death and damage to properties”, Maglalang said.
Visit www.bps.dti.gov.ph for more information on the BPS Product Certification Scheme. To report establishments that sell substandard fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices, call DTI Direct 751.3330 or 0917.834.3330.