Seized food items for relief operations
Manila – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to release all seized food items in its warehouses so they can be added to the government’s relief goods inventory in preparation for Typhoon Ompong.
“Sid (Lapeña), Please release all seized rice and food stuff in your possession to the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) for possible disaster relief,” Dominguez said on Thursday afternoon.
Asked how fast the Bureau of Customs (BOC) can release the items, he said: “G to G (government-to-government) transfers in emergency situations can legally be fast-tracked.”
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday held a command conference at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) office in Quezon City as part of preparations for the impact of the typhoon, which is now bringing rains in some parts of northern Philippines. /