Mayor Dalipe mulls return of firework displays

The local government is mulling the possibility of bringing back fireworks displays in Zamboanga City.

In his official Facebook Page (@johnmdalipe), Mayor John Dalipe put forward to the public the question of bringing back fireworks displays in Zamboanga City, an activity which is presently prohibited in the city due to an existing ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

The public post, which to date has an active engagement of more than 1k comments and 500 shares, asks ‘Tiempo ya ba hace bira otravez con el fireworks display na Zamboanga? (Is it time to bring back again fireworks display in Zamboanga City?)’.

Residents have actively participated in the discussion thread, expressing both support and disagreement, as well as sharing alternatives, options, and compromises.

Aside from determining the pulse of the people and generating helpful discussion relative the city’s existing firecracker ban, the public post also serves as an avenue for dialogue and discourse, as part of the local chief executive’s desire to closely engage with the public in the digital sphere.

Ordinance 431, otherwise known as the Firecracker Ban Ordinance of 2014, bans the use, sale, possession, distribution, storage, and manufacture of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices by any or business establishments in the territorial jurisdiction of Zamboanga City.

The Ordinance was enacted September 2014 to ensure public safety and to prevent fear and anxiety among residents who may still carry memories and trauma from the September 2013 siege. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)