BOC to release seized rice, other foodstuff to DSWD
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). /