Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bulacan made fireworks are safe and of high quality--DTI

Engr. Celso Cruz of the Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association Inc.,

MALOLOS CITY—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) made assurances that fireworks manufactured in Bulacan are safe and of high quality.

This came as 475 different types of fireworks manufactured in the province secured the DTI product standards (PS), while 75 others are being processed by the Bureau of Product Standard.

Zorina Aldana, director of DTI-Bulacan said that PS license is one of the guarantees that a product is safe and of high quality.

“Those that applied and secured PS licensees are following the provisions of Republic Act 7183 of the firecracker law,” Aldana said noting that legal limit chemical content of pyrotechnics products is .2 grams.

However, she stressed that following the legal limit on the chemical content of a pyrotechnics products is not enough.

She said that the secure a PS license from the DTI, a manufacturer must foloow strict manufacturing process and quality management system (QMS) that follows international stands and the Philippine standards on fireworks.

Aldana added , “there are also requirement on packaging and labeling. The manufacturer’s name and contact details plus safety labeling must be written on the product.”

She said that the above requirements are meant to ensure accountability among manufacture and assure buyers that products are safe.

Aldana said that 475 fireworks products in the province that secured PS license includes different types of fountains, aerial fireworks, sawa, judas belt, trompillo, roman candle, luces, Mabuhay fountain, Pagoda fountain and others.

 The said products varies in sizes and design.

Based on DTI-Bulacan records, manufacturers that secured PS license are Dragon Fireworks based in San Rafael town, and Diamond Fireworks from Pulilan town.

Both companies have secured PS license for 100 different products each.

Others include LF Fireworks in San Ildefonso town (80 products), Nation Fireworks based in Baliwag (25 products), SPM General Merchandise in Bocaue (40 products) Pyro Kreation Fireworks based in Sta. Maria town (30 products), Platinum Fireworks from Sta. Maria (50 products), and Phoenix Fireworks, also from Sta. Maria with 50 products.

Others that have applied for PS license which are still being process by the DTI-BPS are Z & N Nicolas Fireworks (20 products), ERCY Fireworks (20 products), A. Santiago Fireworks (10 products), and Purity Fireworks (10 products) which are all based in Baliwag town; and Double L Fireworks from Pandi town with 15 products. (Dino Balabo)