Beng orders Customs to account for all items seized PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 February 2016 13:16

Reaffirming her advocacy on anti-smuggling, Mayor Beng Climaco the other day directed the Bureau of Customs in the city to account for all items seized or turned over by concerned agencies during earlier campaigns conducted.

Climaco issued the order in the presence of Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa who was in the city for a gathering of Customs personnel on the anti-smuggling campaign.

In a meeting with Dellosa and local Customs personnel at the port warehouse where the sugar and other seized items are stored, the mayor said measures should be strengthened to stop sugar smuggling in the city. “Smuggling of sugar has prevented the sale of locally produced sugar to the detriment of sugar farmers.”

Some 4,600 sacks of sugar in the BOC warehouse will be put on auction soon.

Recall that several sacks of sugar confiscated by police authorities and turned over to the Bureau of Customs in Zamboanga a year ago were reported missing at the warehouse. Investigations were conducted by the concerned authorities but the subject sugar has not been returned causing the relief of the former Zamboanga Customs Collector.

Meanwhile, Dellosa cited Climaco for her aggressive support to anti-smuggling campaign that led to various operations spearheaded by the police, Task Force Zamboanga, Philippine Navy and other concerned agencies with the support of barangay officials. — Sheila Covarrubias