BOC releases 7,000 bags of smuggled rice for ‘Ompong’ survivors
The Bureau of Customs has released 7,000 bags of smuggled rice, following the directive of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III’ to donate the contraband to those affected by Typhoon “Ompong” (internationally known as “Mangkhut”).
The BOC Public Information and Assistance Division said the rice donation came from 14 20-footer containers that the country’s second biggest tax-collection agency had earlier confiscated.
The BOC seizes smuggled items, that it, items that enter the country without the correct import duties and other taxes being paid.
Citing information from Deputy Commissioner Edward James A. Dy Buco, the BOC said the deed of donation was signed by Customs Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña last Friday.
Dominguez also approved the donation on Friday as well.
The BOC is an agency attached to the Department of Finance.
Dominguez had earlier instructed Lapeña to release all confiscated rice, as well as other food items in the BOC’s possession, and donate them to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
These goods were intended as relief to victims of “Ompong.”
Under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, rice and other seized goods – such as food, clothing and medicines – can be be donated to the DSWD. /atm
Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon Ompong
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