BOC destroys P7M worth of forfeited goods

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2018   •   3240

(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

P100M worth of smuggled frozen agri-fishery products seized in Navotas City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2021


MANILA, Philippines —  Authorities intercepted about P100-million worth of smuggled agri-fishery products at a vacant lot in Navotas City Thursday afternoon, May 27.

Specifically, elements of the Sub-Task Group on Economic Intelligence (STG-EI) under the Task Group on Food Security held the anti-smuggling operation along Guillermo Street, San Rafael Village in Navotas City.

The operation resulted in the seizure of 12 refrigerated container vans loaded with assorted frozen pork, beef, jumbo shrimp, eel, black chicken, crawfish, Peking duck, and dory fish fillet.

The shipments originated from Vietnam, China, Germany and Belgium based on the markings on the boxes.

The container vans were opened in the presence of the alleged caretaker identified as Gilbert Abanso who revealed that the said shipments were not covered by any documentation such as import permits and clearances.

The STG-EI is composed of members from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Intelligence Coordinating Council (NICA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Meanwhile, representatives of the Bureau and Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) are now conducting full inventory prior to the disposition of the said smuggled items.

Documentation and filing of appropriate charges against the owner of the shipment is underway.

Customs destroys P50-million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021


Operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Zamboanga destroyed some P50 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in a warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan.

The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes destroyed on April 13 were seized in separate operations since December 2020.

The bureau, together with representatives from different partner agencies, destroyed more than 1,278 master cases and 513 reams of cigarettes.

The seized cigarettes were crushed by payloader equipment in an outdoor yard, soaked with used oil to prevent recycling, dispersed with water by firemen, and disposed of in the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Salaan, it added.

The destruction and disposal of cigarettes is reported to be the first condemnation activity of the Port for this year.

The condemnation ceremony was witnessed by the local government unit, heads of partner law enforcement agencies, a representative from the Commission on Audit, Department of Health, and stakeholders, the BOC said.

“The immediate destruction and disposal of such contrabands was a firm directive from Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to promote transparency and remove doubts of corruption, theft, or pilferage in the agency,” it added.

DepEd gets new gadgets, school supplies from BOC

Marje Pelayo   •   March 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) NAIA on Tuesday, March 16, donated various educational gadgets and other school supplies to the Department of Education (DepEd) in support of the Department’s Bridge Program.

The donation of abandoned goods consists of flash drives, cellphones, 74 V7 monitors, 50 Fuji Xerox Multifunction Printers, Laptops , Routers, 14 ZTE Pocket WIFI, Lenovo Tablet, Computer Monitors, school bags, educational books, and children school shoes.
In his statement Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero expressed the continuing support of the BOC to the DepEd.

“We understand the needs of the students especially during this time that education is hindered by the threat of COVID-19. We will continue to support DepEd’s programs to provide quality education to our students,” he said.

For her part Secretary Briones thanked the Bureau for its continuous support to DepEd and the Department’s Bridge and Distant Learning Program.

She also shared that the first donation of BOC consisting of mobile phones and laptops are now being distributed to schools in far flung areas.

Finance Undersecretary Antonette Tionko on the other hand expressed hope that the devices and goods turned over to the DepEd would help address the digital gap and ensure continuous education, promoting the utmost welfare of learners and educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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