ILIGAN – Vendors in Iligan City were permitted to sell firecrackers for only three days this month, in preparation for a local firecracker ban in 2017.
Vendors Association President Rolando Gapor said the city council only gave them December 29, 30, and 31 to sell firecrackers in a designated area in Barangay Poblacion.
Some vendors opposed the move, worried on how they can earn in only three days.
Joel Lazaga, who got his investment capital through a loan, said he is worried that he would not be able to sell all firecrackers in a short period. He added that vendors will have to compete with the city’s only firecracker wholesaler, which also needs to dispose of its stocks.
He said that he and the rest of the city’s licensed vendors now plan to sell their products at a reduced price.
From over a hundred firecracker vendors annually, the number has significantly dropped to only 70. Gapor said it may be due to the city’s regulations.
This year’s restriction is in preparation for next year’s implementation of a local ordinance banning the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.