Dominguez tells Customs: Give smuggled rice to DSWD
All seized food items will be considered relief goods for typhoon Ompong.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has stepped up to contribute to disaster mitigation efforts by the government in the face of a supertyphoon bound to raze the country this September.
The Cabinet official gave a marching order to the Bureau of Customs just before the strong typhoon makes a landfall in northern Luzon.
“Please release all seized rice and foodstuff in your possession to the DSWD for possible disaster relief,” Dominguez told Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.
This will bypass the existing rule where goods under Customs custody need to be sold via a public auction. However, goods that can be used for shelter, food, clothing, and medicines can be donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Earlier this week, Customs officials discovered a Bulacan warehouse holding 125,000 sacks of illegally-imported rice worth P300 million.