BOC seizes P50-M worth of smuggled goods in Davao City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 25, 2018   •   6235


Smuggled boxes of lotions and bundles of used clothing (ukay-ukay) seized by Customs


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Four different shipments loaded with misdeclared items were seized by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Sasa Wharf, Davao City.

This was revealed by Davao City Customs District Collector Romalino Valdez on Friday, May 25, saying the shipments contained smuggled items such as onions, magic sugar, candies, mosquito coils and used clothing.

Two shipments were sent from China while the other two were shipped from Indonesia and the United States. All shipments were valued to a total of P50 million.

According to Valdez, the items in one container were declared as plastic plates under the consignee Janrev Enterprises. When opened, the van contained 401 boxes of Snow Bear candies; 869 boxes of mosquito coils; and about 6,300 sacks of apples and onions shipped by a company named Bizreal Trading International.

“Itong Snowbear candies na ito nang tiningnan ng mga (These Snowbear candies according to) examiners were made in Pasig City but the container came from China. So hindi natin alam bakit ganoon ang ikot nila (We don’t know why the arrangement was such). But still, it wasn’t declared. Ang mahirap dito hindi lang fake baka iba pa ang laman (The problem is: not only is it fake, it may even contain something else). We are requesting PDEA to have it examined,” said Valdez.

Meanwhile, other shipments sent by Mahmud Enterprises and Kobesean Trading contained misdeclared used clothing or “ukay-ukay,” 275 boxes of magic sugar and 115 boxes of lotions.

All containers passed and checked through x-ray machine at Davao International Container Terminal.

This recent seizure prompted the BOC to further intensify its monitoring of imported items especially agricultural products that are commonly being smuggled into the country.

“I will continue to be very strong in addressing itong (these) smuggling activities na ito. There’s so many losses in the revenue that is due to the government because of under-declaration or misdeclaration,” said Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

Authorities are further investigating to identify the people behind the illegal shipments who will face multiple charges for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Republic Act (RA) 4653 which prohibits the commercial importation of textile articles such as used clothing and rags. — Marisol Montaño / Marje Pelayo

Sara Duterte tells VP Robredo to ‘refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA —  Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday (June 14) told Vice President Leni Robredo to “refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing about what is happening on the ground.”

This was Mayor Sara’s response to Robredo’s remark about how Davao City could learn from Cebu City as to how it successfully controlled the surge of COVID-19 cases by partnering with the private sector.

Robredo added that the COVID situation in the President’s hometown is quite “alarming.”

The presidential daughter said Robredo should “avoid involving the COVID-19 surge in Davao City in her attempt at politicking.”

“This has been the hallmark of her term as VP, where she puts forth comments on matters and affairs she lacks understanding and knowledge on and does not offer anything helpful to solve a problem,” Duterte-Carpio said in a statement.

She added that Robredo “should not attack the medical community of Davao City as being inactive when they have been silently suffering and working tirelessly to help save lives since March of last year.”

“She should open her eyes to the surge of cases in localities all around the world and she might be able to say that a surge in cases where 85% of the cases are asymptomatic is primarily identified by aggressive testing, coupled with tracing and isolation/quarantining,” she said.

Robredo made her comments after the announcement from 1Sambayan naming her as one of the coalition’s nominees for next year’s election.

Robredo and Duterte-Carpio are among the preferred names for the presidential polls next year.

“There will be a proper time to attack my performance as a [local chief executive] in this pandemic if she dares to run for President,” the younger Duterte said.

To date, Davao City tops the list of local government units with the most new cases of COVID-19 per day for the period of June 5 to 11 based on a report of the OCTA Research group.

Records show that Davao City has an average of 180 new cases per day during the said period followed by Quezon City with an average of 168 new cases per day.

Davao City not a new epicenter for COVID-19 amid case surge – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that the term “epicenter” should not be used to describe Davao City amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH discourages the use of the term in describing the rise of cases in a certain area as epidemic epicenters are “interpreted by some to refer to an area as the source of the infection.”

“It is also meant to connote the area as a hotspot for the infection. We discourage the use of the term ‘epicenter’ in describing the rise of cases in an area,” Vergeire said in a statement.

“These areas are not the origin of the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, using the term ‘epicenter’ detracts from other surrounding areas which may be equally or more affected by COVID-19,” she added.

“Considering this, no, Davao City is not an epicenter,” she further stated.

The DOH issued the statement after a fellow from the OCTA Research Group said Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in terms of having the highest average of daily fresh COVID-19 cases. OCTA noted that Davao City recorded an average of 213 new COVID-19 cases, higher than the 207 cases from Quezon City.

Davao City is currently under modified enhanced community quarantine due to rising coronavirus infections in the area.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation in Davao City due to increasing cases,” the DOH said.

Davao City surpasses QC in average daily COVID-19 cases; records ‘very high’ positivity rate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2021

Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in having high average daily cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to OCTA Research Group.

According to the research group, Davao City along with other areas in Mindanao, has recorded high growth rate in COVID-19 cases. Davao City has an average of 213 daily COVID-19 cases while Quezon City has 207.

Due to this the local government said it will conduct online consultations with doctors to discuss additional temporary treatment management facilities.

A business process outsourcing (BPO) company was also placed under lockdown after 403 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Davao City local government will also conduct an investigation if the said BPO company had  violated public minimum health standards

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Spokesperson Pcpt. Rose Aguilar reminded the public to follow minimum health protocols. Over 3,000 individuals have been apprehended for not wearing facemasks and face shields.

“Sumunod talaga tayo palagi sa health protocols at tayo mismo magbantay sa ating sarili, na hindi tayo makatabi o makalapit sa kapwa indibidwal. Ang ating facemask, face shield at paghuhugas ng kamay palagi nating gawin,” he said.

(Let us follow health protocols and we should be vigilant in maintaining physical distancing. Wear facemask, face shield, and wash your hands.)

Meanwhile, the local government will place additional temporary treatment management facilities due to bed shortage brought by the surge in COVID-19 cases. AAC (with reports from Marisol Montano)


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