BOC to re­lease seized rice, other food­stuff to DSWD

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Car­los Dominguez III has or­dered the Bu­reau of Cus­toms (BOC) to im­me­di­ately re­lease smug­gled rice and other food items seized by the agency to the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) to aug­ment on­go­ing gov­ern­ment prepa­ra­tions for the pos­si­ble on­slaught of typhoon “Om­pong” in North­ern Lu­zon and other ar­eas this week.

“Please re­lease all seized rice and food­stuff in your pos­ses­sion to the DSWD for pos­si­ble dis­as­ter re­lief,” Dominguez told BOC Com­mis­sioner Isidro Lapeña.

The di­rec­tive was in re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Duterte’s or­der to all gov­ern­ment agen­cies to en­sure the high­est level of readi­ness for the typhoon.

Lapeña re­ported dur­ing a re­cent De­part­ment of Fi­nance (DOF) Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (Ex­e­com) meet­ing that the BOC seized in July some 100 con­tain­ers with 50,000 sacks of rice worth P125 mil­lion at the Manila In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Port (MICP). /

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