BOC destroys P7M worth of forfeited goods

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2018   •   3024

(L-R) Used clothing or more popularly known as “ukay-ukay” and boxes of dressed chicken

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday (August 7) destroyed various items seized by the agency for smuggling and which the consignee failed to claim or abandoned.

The overall value of the destroyed contraband was estimated at P7 million which included two containers of used clothing popularly known as “ukay-ukay” and five containers of dressed chicken that arrived in December 2014.

Since the chicken products were decomposing, the agency has decided to process them into fertilizers.

The agency said such move is to show the BOC’s commitment against corruption.

Destruction of forfeited goods, especially those that would pose risks to the public, is part of the mandate of the BOC.

According to BOC representative Atty. Gerald Turiano, the agency is scheduled to go to Laguna to destroy on August 10 items seized it an operation in Pasay City.

The items include shoe imitations and other personal accessories. – JL Asayo / Marje Pelayo

Beware of ‘love scams’ this holiday season — BOC

Marje Pelayo   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Ber months mark the beginning of gift giving traditions which technology has made faster and easier nowadays.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC), however, once again warns the public against online scammers targeting online users’ hard-earned money.

Calling it ‘love scam,’ the BOC calls on the public not to be swayed by the email address – boccarephilgvt@tech-center.com – that operates on such schemes.

The BOC said it is a fake or bogus e-mail that victimizes online users by asking them to pay through personal bank account or money remittance in order to claim a package.

The agency urges the public to call the BOC Hotline numbers (02) 8705-6000, 09052997977, 09295035138 if they encounter such bogus e-mails or to confirm if the package being offered is from legitimate sources.

Inquiries may also be sent to the agency’s official e-mail address boc.cares@customs.gov.ph.

16 police officers implicated in contraband smuggling in NBP undergo NCRPO probe

Maris Federez   •   October 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The 16 police officers who were implicated in the alleged smuggling of contrabands inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) have undergone the pre-charge investigation of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson PBGen Bernard Banac confirmed that said police officers are under probe for bringing in a cellular phone, cigarettes and an iced tea bottle that actually contained alcoholic drink inside the facility which is strictly prohibited.

Banac said he is saddened by the fact that police officers who are supposed to guard and implement laws inside the national penitentiary are the ones actually violating its rules.

If found guilty, they will be charged administratively.

Banac added that the NCRPO has also pulled out the more than 500 police personnel assigned in the NBP last October 5 and will undergo assessment on their performance.

“Kung nakita naman na katiwa-tiwala ang mga pulis natin ay maaari naman na sila pa rin ang ipadala doon. So kasalukuyan ay irerepaso lamang ang kanilang mga background at titingnang maigi kung karapat dapat pa silang pagtiwalaan at hindi agad masisilaw sa anomang ihahain sa kanilang bribe,” Banac said.

The PNP reminds said police personnel not to even attempt violating the regulations of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to avoid being filed charges against and be dismissed from service.

It can be recalled that the NCRPO assigned around 552 police officers at the NBP after BuCor Director-General Gerald Bantag sought the help of the police force to guard the Bilibid.

This, following the Bantag’s course of action that removed BuCor personnel from the NBP due to corruption. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

PH Customs installs more X-ray machines vs smuggling

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said it will use additional X-ray machines to help in the government’s ongoing fight against smuggling of illegal goods and narcotics through the country’s ports.

The BOC-X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) said six US-made X-ray machines have been procured that are capable of scanning at least 120 containers per hour and analyze whether the materials inside are synthetic or organic.

Of the six units, two were installed at the Port of Manila, two at the Manila International Container Port (MCIP) and one each at the ports of Davao and Cebu.

The BOC said the installation of these new machines is in line with the agency’s commitment to protect the country’s border against the entry of smuggled goods, and strengthen border security measure by increasing non-intrusive inspection capabilities of containerized shipments.

It is also expected to enhance BOC’s ability in detecting misdeclared and undervalued goods, minimize unnecessary delays and enhance trade facilitation.

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