BOC urged to step up anti-smuggling drive PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2014 11:44

Mayor Beng Climaco has urged the Bureau of Customs to intensify anew the campaign against the entry of smuggled rice and other prime commodities from neighboring countries even as she asked former Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization to form an anti-smuggling task force.

This, as the local police recently confiscated truckloads of smuggled rice and garlic from a local businessman. However, the goods were later released after the owner had reportedly presented documents.

Climaco said during the regular Monday press briefing in City Hall that the Bureau of Customs and the National Food Authority (NHA) should coordinate their efforts in running after the smugglers and prevent the entry of smuggled goods to the city.

The mayor went to the office of Secretary Pangillinan last Friday and submitted the documents needed for the anti-smuggling task force and the police report on the recent confiscation and release of smuggled rice and garlic. — Vic Larato