Donation of abandoned and seized medical supplies urged

WHY not donate to the people abandoned and confiscated medical equipment?

Deputy Speaker and Davao City  Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte urged the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to coordinate immediately for this purpose.

Earlier this week, eight 40-foot abandoned container vans containing medical equipment was immediately released by Bureau of Customs Davao, upon the directive of Duterte.

The medical equipment were later on delivered and distributed to Southern Philippines Medical Center, strengthening their fight against COVID-19.

The presidential son then directed the BOC to check if there are more seized and abandoned shipments that can be further donated and consumed.

“Upon checking, there are about 100-300 containers of rice and another 100-300 containers of dried fish which can be turned over to the government for donation,” Duterte said.

“We will have these turned over to DSWD. But we urge them to ease the process so we can distribute these to families as soon as possible. We know that there is a process but this should be treated with urgency. We need to feed the people and these could help,” he added.

On one hand this effort ensures more food to distribute to families who need them the most and, on another, it will decongest the ports with the release of the container vans, Duterte said.

He added this will also give way to incoming shipments containing essential goods like PPEs.

“We’ll closely monitor the entire process of release and turnover to DSWD. So if there are more seized and abandoned shipments with items that could benefit the people, I appeal to the BOC, to have it donated and delivered,” the neophyte solon stressed.