Agri stakeholders hail new anti-smuggling law
A coalition of agriculture stakeholders on Thursday hailed the signing of Republic Act 10845 or “An Act declaring smuggling of agricultural commodities as economic sabotage.”
“The agriculture industry has long lobbied for the passage of this act as we believe that this would serve as an effective deterrent to smuggling of agricultural commodities products that have greatly impacted on the livelihoods of millions of agricultural producers, especially in the last six years,” said Rosendo So, chair of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG).
“Now, smugglers and their cohorts at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will think twice given the harsher penalties and non-bailable provisions of the law on suspected smugglers,” he added.
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