• Bulacan mayor lifts suspension on fireworks factories operations

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    BOCAUE, Bulacan: One month after an explosion at a firecrackers factory here, manufacturers and fireworks factory owners and retailers expressed relief after a closure order on their operation was lifted recently. Records from Bocaue licensing office showed that about 90 fireworks retailers and seven manufacturers are operating in five villages here. Mayor Eleanor Villanueva-Tugna has lifted the order upon request of fireworks industry stakeholders after full compliance with requirements of their permits and licenses. Tugna has issued a temporary closure order on all fireworks stores and manufacturers after the fatal explosion October 12 where three persons died and 24 others were seriously wounded. Meanwhile, Lea Alapide, former president of the Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association, said they are also optimistic as President Rodrigo Duterte recently said he wanted to take a second look and study possible effects of a total ban on firecrackers. They said the President could be rethinking his plan to impose a ban on firecrackers, citing possible loss of livelihood and its impact on the Filipino tradition of welcoming the New Year.

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