Beng to Customs: intensify drive against rice smuggling PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:17

Mayor Beng Climaco has urged the Bureau of Customs based in the City to double efforts in the drive against rice smuggling citing persistent reports about the illegal activity.

The mayor issued the call yesterday in reiteration to her personal appeal to OIC Customs Collector Darwisha Schuck when the latter visited City Hall a few days ago. “President Aquino also expressed very strong words regarding the Bureau of Customs and so the agency has to show to us its accomplishments.”

Climaco revealed that her office has received reports about rampant rice smuggling and that the matter has been referred to the local Customs Office.  She said Customs authorities aver that the taxes for the rice are paid in Jolo and Bongao but the cargoes oftentimes bear no documents.

The chief executive pointed out that the Bureau of Customs should be at the helm of protecting and ensuring that the needed taxes are paid and that all transactions are done within the bounds of law.

She said the City Government fully supports such campaigns to ensure the maintenance of law and order. “The City Government will help you but you will also have to show to us your accomplishments”, the mayor emphasized.

The mayor encouraged residents to remain vigilant and report any illegal activities such as rice smuggling to the concerned authorities. “We are watching them and we encourage the people of Zamboanga to watch them.”

She added that the president in his state of the nation address even warned the full implementation of the attrition law if and when various agencies including the Bureau of Customs will not meet their targets. — Sheila Covarrubias