Davao City is one of the major metropolitan areas in the Philippines. Ranked as number 4 in terms of having the highest population in the Philippines, the local government is always on the look out of the general welfare of all Davawenyos.
The city is best known for its stringent implementation of laws and the people were driven towards complete obedience of the rules and regulations enforced by the city council.
More than a decade ago , the Davao City Council outlawed the firecrackers through Ordinance No. 060-02 Series of 2002, entitled : “An Ordinance prohibiting the Manufacture, Sale, Distribution, Possession or Use of Firecrackers or Pyrotechnic Devices and such other similar devices and the exploding of Firecrackers or other similar explosives within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City”.
Since 2002, when the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting firecrackers and pyrotechnics in all forms, the city is celebrating new years, Christmas day and other festivities without fireworks or firecrackers. They further show to nonbelievers that it is possible to be wildly merry and festive without the sparkle, noise or smell of gunpowder.
Below are the Prohibited Acts associated with the ordinance.
a. It shall be unlawful for any person or business establishment to manufacture, sell or offer for sale, distribute, possess or use any firecrackers or pyrotechnic device or such other similar devices within the territory of Davao City;
b. It shall, likewise, be unlawful for any person to discharge or explode, or cause to discharge or to explode, any firecrackers, or any other explosive or to use any pyrotechnic device or any such other similar device, at anytime and anywhere within the territory of Davao City.
Violation of the provisions of this Article shall be penalized as follows:
a. For the first offense, a fine of One Thousand Pesos (P1,000.00) or imprisonment of not more than One (1) month but not less than twenty (20) days, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the Court;
b. For the second offense, a fine of Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000.00) or imprisonment of not more than Three (3) Months but not less than One (1) month, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the Court;
c. For the third offense, a fine of Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00) or imprisonment of not more than Six (6) months but not less Three (3) months, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the Court.
If the violation is committed by a business establishment, the President or General Manager or the person, acting in behalf of either the President or General Manager shall be held liable in the case of a corporation or partnership, or the owner or proprietor or the person acting in his behalf shall be held responsible in the case of a single proprietorship.
Additionally, the business permit of the business establishment shall be canceled by the City Mayor upon the commission of the third offense on top of the foregoing penalties.