BOC donates 417,000 kilos of rice to DSWD for disaster relief efforts
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has so far donated over 16,000 bags of rice equivalent to around 417,000 kilos to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to augment the government’s disaster relief efforts for typhoon victims.
In compliance with the directive of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, the BOC turned over 9,000 bags of rice seized in the Port of Cebu to the DSWD on September 14.
Another 6,921 bags in the Port of Zamboanga and 748 bags in the custody of the bureau’s Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) were also donated to the DSWD on September 19 and 24, respectively.
The BOC said it also donated to the DSWD 5,040 pieces of canned goods, 109 packages of emergency survival blankets; 350 boxes of bedsheets, blankets and towels; 1,332 boxes of brand new clothes, and 153 packages of face masks from the Manila International Container Port (MICP) last September 21.
Last month, Dominguez directed the BOC to immediately release smuggled rice and other food items seized by the agency to the DSWD to augment ongoing government preparations before typhoon “Ompong” struck Northern Luzon.
Under Chapter 10, Section 1141 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), goods under BOC custody that are up for disposal “may be donated to another government agency or declared for official use by the Bureau, after approval of the Secretary of Finance, or sold at a public auction within 30 days after a 10-day notice posted at a public place at the port where the goods are located and published electronically or in a newspaper of general circulation”.