P70-M worth of alleged fake goods uncovered in Binondo, Manila
Robie de Guzman • November 27, 2019 • 485
MANILA, Philippines – Around P70 million worth of smuggled counterfeit goods were discovered in an inspection conducted in Binondo, Manila by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
In a statement, the BOC said the counterfeit items were found on Tuesday inside 70 storage units of a shopping mall.
The operation, jointly held by the BOC, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Task Force NCRb-CL, was launched after the bureau received information and complaints from a firm called Baranda & Associates.
During the operation, authorities found suspected replica items bearing the logos of local and international brands like Coach, Long Champ, Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, Dove, Lux, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Kate Spade, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, among others.
The BOC said representative samples of the items will be forwarded to its respective brand owners to verify its authenticity.
The bureau reiterated that importation of infringing goods is prohibited under the Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
On October 18, 2019, the BOC turned over P58 million worth of confiscated smuggled and likely fake goods to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for condemnation.
Authorities destroyed P80.2 million worth of confiscated fake goods at Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday (October 18).
The seized counterfeit products were destroyed in a ceremonial destruction led by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR).
Out of the P80.2 million, around P58 million worth of counterfeit high-value watches, lotions, and branded bags were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
“To date, a total of fourteen (14) IP-related operations have been conducted by the BOC for 2019, resulting in the seizure of P7 billion worth of counterfeit goods,”said the BOC on its Facebook post. —AAC
MANILA, Philippines – It’s not yet typhoon season in the country but the prevailing rain showers and thunderstorms are already inundating most parts of Metro Manila, congesting traffic and affecting the riding public.
Personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have been busy in de-clogging drainage systems such as a retarding pond along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.
But according to the MMDA, flooding has already become a normal scenario in most parts of Metro Manila and there is no way to stop it.
“Hindi na po kasi namin maipapangako na hindi babahain ang Metro Manila. Ang Metro Manila (ay) napakababa ng sea level natin,” explained MMDA Spokesperson and ASec. Celine Pialago.
(We cannot promise at this point that flood will be prevented in Metro Manila because Metro Manila’s sea level is low.)
“Ang kaya na lang naming gawin at iyon ang sinisikap namin, pabilisin po ang paghupa dahil tuwing may pagbaha, may pagbigat sa daloy ng trapiko, may congestion, pinagdudusahan po natin ito,” she added.
(What we can do is to try hastening the drainage of flood water because every time there is flooding, the traffic flow gets heavier then congestion follows which burdens us all.)
What concerns the MMDA most is improper waste disposal that results in the clogging of drainage which leads to severe flooding in Metro Manila.
This is why the MMDA has started de-clogging operations to clean up wastes from tributaries ahead of the typhoon season.
“Kapag napupuno ng mga basura ‘yung mga esteros natin, nagbabaha sa Metro Manila, pina-pump natin ‘ang tubig,” Pialago said.
(When esteros are filled with waste materials they cause floods in Metro Manila. What we do is, we pump out the floodwater.)
“Worst case, nasisira ang ating pumping stations (so) nagkakaroon ng delay sa operations,” she added.
(Worst case is that our pumping stations end up broken which delays our operations.)
According to barangay officials in Binondo, they regularly clean up waste materials from Estero de Magdalena every Saturday.
However, after some time they once again saw a pile of garbage in the supposedly cleaned estero.
The Pasig River Rehabilitation Center noted that up to 300,000 kilograms of garbage materials are being collected from the river every year coming from about 270 families which they need to relocate.
Some families have volunteered to leave the place but ended up returning because it is closer to their sources of livelihood.
Some of them travel on a weekly basis.
“Walang hanap-buhay doon sa Cavite (There’s no employment in Cavite),” said Ester Galarosa whose family has been relocated in Cavite.
She said she returns to Manila to vend.
“Bumabalik talaga kami para naman kahit paano makaraos man lang sa pagkain namin araw-araw (We return (to the city) to support our needs, so we could look for food to eat),” explained Fredo Peñano, also relocated in Cavite.
The MMDA assured that they regularly do de-clogging operations in different parts of Metro Manila in order to fast track the pumping of floodwater and prevent inconveniences. – (with details from Harlene Delgado)
P50-M worth of counterfeit items set for destruction by the Customs Department.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed P50-million worth of counterfeit items confiscated from a Pasay City warehouse that the agency raided in December.
“Bawal po ang pag-import ng merong intellectual property rights violation [at] mga pekeng commodities. This also prohibited by the intellectual property code of the Philippines,” said Atty. Erastus Austria District Collector of Port of Manila.
The agency used crusher and shredder machines to tear up counterfeit shoes, clothes, and watches in compliance with the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act which mandates the destruction of such prohibited goods.
“This has an effect on our economy on a larger scale. Kapag pinapabayaan po ang proliferation nito,” Atty. Austria added.
The said goods were seized after its consignee failed to present tax payment certifications and other pertinent documents. — Sherwin Culubong
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