DEPUTY Speaker and Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte lauded the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for donating more seized products to the people in need in this time of national crisis.
Earlier Duterte called on the BOC to make a noble move by donating confiscated products instead of waiting for them to rot.
The presidential son said the BOC can help government in its effort to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This week, the BOC donated 320 containers of rice and 186 containers of frozen bonito, mackerel, moonfish, squid and round scad to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) – Department of National Defense (DND),
Just recently, Duterte called on the BOC to donate and deliver the items from seized and abandoned shipments to be distributed to families most affected by the community quarantine.
“We laud the BOC for this effort, donating the seized containers of rice and frozen goods. Upon learning last week that there are seized and abandoned cargoes containing food, we took the initiative and coordinated with BOC to have it released as soon as possible,” Duterte said.
“With this donation, many families will be provided with food so they could stay at home and continue observing the government imposed measures to contain the spread of COVID-19,” he added.
The presidential son also appeals for a faster and uncomplicated processing to have the seized items donated to responsible agencies immediately.
“If there are more pending abandoned and forfeited containers with items that we know that will help the country in this crisis, we should not think twice and just process it immediately for donation. We should not just let these containers rot in our ports, benefitting nobody. Our people are hungry, we should be moving fast. We are facing a crisis and time is of the essence,” he stressed.