THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) continues to tighten checks at border controls to ensure that no contraband enters this holiday season.
Speaking on Wednesday’s AFP-PNP press briefing held at the DCPO headquarters, spokesperson Captain Hazel Tuazon said security personnel are directed to check and seize firecrackers, pyrotechnics, and other illegal items that pass through the checkpoints.
Firecracker traders passing through Davao City must present their documents before going to their final destination.
“If they are selling it secretly, we will confiscate it, but so far, we have not confiscated any firecracker,” said Tuazon.
The official also explained that the firecracker ban is strictly enforced in the city through Ordinance 060-02, which prohibits “the possession, use, sale, manufacture and distribution of pyrotechnic devices.”
The ordinance fines first-time violators with P1,000 or 20 to 30 days imprisonment or both; second-time offenders with P3,000 or 1-3 months imprisonment or both; and third-time offenders with P5,000 or 3-6 months imprisonment or both.
Tuazon said they haven’t caught anyone selling the contraband so far.
She also assured that Davaoeños and visitors may celebrate Christmas and the New Year peacefully and safely since all security measures are in place.
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