Council asks PRRD to release BOC seized rice PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:25

The Zamboanga City Council yesterday asked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to allow the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to release confiscated rice for donation to victims of typhoon Ompong.

The Council made the request through a resolution which was passed after a dialogue with Bureau of Customs personnel.

Councilor Marxander Cabato, author of the resolution, asked that the confiscated rice be turned over to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and be given to 193 families victimized by the recent typhoon and poor families affected by the rice shortage.

Cabato is expecting the resolution to reach the Office of the President this week.

The Bureau of Customs reportedly has 17,000 bags of rice kept inside the warehouse.

Vicente Eduardo Suarez Torres of the Bureau of Customs, said that 11,000 sacks will be scheduled for auction while 6,000 bags can be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office.

The basis of the turnover is an instruction by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez for the BOC to immediately release smuggled rice and other food items seized by the agency to the DSWD.

Dominguez issued the instruction the other week, when the national government was preparing for the arrival of typhoon Ompong.

Under Chapter 10, Section 1141 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), goods under BOC custody that are up for disposal “may be donated to another government agency or declared for official use by the Bureau, after approval of the Secretary of Finance, or sold at  public auction within 30 days after a 10-day notice posted at a public place at the port where the goods are located and published electronically or in a newspaper of general circulation.”

Seized items may be auctioned if there are no claimants for a period of 15 days after which, the Customs collector can issue a warrant of levy.

Meanwhile, the BOC expressed concern over the action since they will be needing the revenue from the auctioned items to meet their target revenue collection for the month.

“Yung iba subject for auction na although may directive na pero nag reason din kame huwag naman sana lahat ibigay kasi paano yung revenue collection namin,” Torres said.  (RGAAGo)