Seized food items for re­lief op­er­a­tions

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

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. /

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