BoC have few police personnel to check 96 private wharves in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 December 2014 11:44

Customs Commissioner John P. Sevilla, speaking in a forum Thursday, told the members of the Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport),  rice dealers and businessmen of Zamboanga City that his office is facing difficulties on how to stop smuggling of rice and other commodities  because of so many private wharves in the city.

Sevilla explained that the Customs Police assigned with the Bureau of Customs-Zamboanga District have limited number of personnel and operatives  to go after smugglers.

“They can not guard the 96 private wharves in the city which are privately owned. We will investigate this situation in the BOC. This problem will not be solved overnight but we will stop the rice smuggling in the city,” Sevilla stressed.

According to Sevilla, his office recognizes the problem here in Zamboanga City most especially in smuggling.

“The situation in Zamboanga City is unique. We will do certain prevention and precaution,”he said.

Sevilla also cited the collection of revenue in Zamboanga District.

”Iba dito and geographical  location ng Zamboanga. In Manila we make only three hours the collection of revenue compared to the one month collection of Zamboanga district,”Sevilla explained. — Allen Abastillas