Aquino urged: Revamp customs bureau

Luzon group says crisis looms for farmers as rice smuggling goes on


The party-list group Abono has asked President Aquino to reorganize the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the agency’s alleged failure to stop the smuggling of rice into the country.

In a statement, Abono said heads should roll because of the BOC’s  failure to address rampant smuggling in the Visayas and Mindanao, where rice shipments from China and Vietnam are unloaded.

“Smuggled rice has flooded the market, reaching Nueva Ecija, Baguio, Pangasinan, La Union and even Isabela, the rice granary of the Philippines,” said Abono, the party-list group representing farmers and agriculture stakeholders.


“We are facing a looming rice crisis not because of shortage of produce but because of oversupply. Smuggled rice has been flooding our markets, and millers cannot buy from local farmers because their warehouses are still filled to the rafters,” the group said.

Abono also asked the government to increase the volume of rice that the National Food Authority (NFA) would buy this year to help farmers who were affected by the oversupply of rice.

The NFA, it said, had allotted only P10.9 billion for the procurement of 615,985 metric tons of palay from farmers this year. “That’s a mere 3 percent of the total harvest. If the government is really serious in helping farmers, they must increase the volume to 30 percent or at least P105 billion worth of palay,” the group said.

Total rice harvest for this year is projected at 20.4 million metric tons, which would translate into P351 billion worth of grain.


Abono said that if prices of rice continue to drop, local rice production “will certainly collapse.” It said the price of palay had dropped from P18 a kilogram last year to P15.50 a kg.

The group said the distribution of rice usually started from northern Luzon provinces of Ilocos, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Isabela, Bulacan to Metro Manila. From Metro Manila, rice is shipped to Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

The group said, with the entry of smuggled rice, the grains were shipped from Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro to Metro Manila. From Metro Manila, it said, the shipment is taken to Bulacan and transported to other provinces in northern Luzon.

Abono said smuggled rice were usually declared as slag (waste metal), wooden panels, tiles or used clothes. Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • boybakal

    Aquino urged: Revamp customs bureau…. Agree, Top to Bottom Revamp. Mula ulo hanggang paa. From Biazon to Janitor.

  • rburke

    haha..mayroong smuggling dahil sobrang taas ng presyo dito compared sa world market..matagal nang kawawa ang consumers..ang mga ofw nagpapakahirap sa ibang bansa para lang isubsidize ang tubo ng local na negosyante..lumaban naman kayo ng patas..

  • okayayonip

    kulang sa kaalaman, natatakot o nakikinabang na rin si Biazon sa kalokohan sa customs. dapat ang inilalagay sa puesto eto ay may taning na panahon kung kailan niya malilinis ang agency. meron ngang nahuhuling 2-4 na kontrabandong container kung ang nakakalusot o pinalulusot naman ay 20-40, laging talo ang gobyerno. may kakilala kaming overseas cargo co. singil daw ng tiga custom ay mga 20K kada container at walang bukasan, nagbayad daw siya ang problema bago nailabas ang container ay nagka shuffle at ang pumalit ay ayaw pumayag na hindi siya bibigyan ng 20K din, kaya ayon naabala ang delivery kasi nagdelinsiya pa siya ng pera. siguro kung walang ganitong lagayan sa custom ay baka mura lang ang singil ng mga cargo company. 

    • batangpaslit

      may alam ka Bro about contraband nahuli ang ang apat, pero ang 40 vans naka lusot.
      tapos pag na auction, ang bibili din ng apat na contraband ay ang smuggler din

  • Dag Erickson

    Revamp now and shuffle as often as possible so that smugglers will have a hard time giving grease money to the customs.  This is the secret here.

  • batangpaslit

    i truly wonder why imported rice is cheaper than the domestically grown staple food when the importer has to pay freight cost, handling, delivery, and the cost of money for importing the item?

    • Bongbong123

      Cost of production here are higher than other. Other country are using mass production equipt with machinery on big farm not small farm per farmer unlike here in phil. When goverment distributed to farmers the land It become smaller cost of production increase becuase farmers are not organize. Rice production become ineffecient and costly. CARP is good for the farmer at the start but not in a long run. Farmers knowlegde are stagnant, they did not know that in this globalization to survive they must think constantly how to Increase production with minimal cost. Farmers always blame the govertment for thier suffering.

  • TagaDumantay

    Pass a law that whoever give  information on smuggling will have 1/4 of the cargo amount & 1/4 of involved officials retirement benefits. Sure a lot will rat on this smuggling syndicates.

  • joboni96

    ‘Abono, the party-list group representing farmers and agriculture stakeholders’


    intsik switik rosendo so ang ulo

    galing sa political dynasty ang mga congressmen

    robert estrella ng pangasinan 
    at francisco ortega ng la union

    ang naaabonohan lang dito
    mga intsik switik at
    political dynasties

    nagpapanggap na magsasaka
    agribusiness ang mga ito

  • Ilihanboy

    Talking Points:
    1. Customs Bureau remains allegedly, the most corrupt govt agency.
    2. Finding an honest employee is allegedly like looking for a neddle in a haystock
    3. The recent anniversary picture showed fat and obese customs personnel led by Mr.
        Biazon – the commisioner, in the dancing – gangnam style. Finding a lean guy is another
        haystock adventure. Life must be so good at the bureau !
    4. The only way to correct the situation is to abolish the bureau, grant forced and very attractive
        early retirement  for ALL EMPLOYEES.
    5. Establish a new collection agency – preferably run by a private organization, with establshed
        safegurads to protect govt’s interest..

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