Dominguez orders Customs to donate rice shipments to DWSD

  • Page Views 544
  • Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III ordered the Bureau of Customs to donate the 30,000 bags of undocumented rice shipments intercepted earlier by the agency to the Department of Social Welfare and Development to help in the government’s anti-poverty and disaster relief programs. 

    Dominguez issued the order to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero after reporting the interception of the shipment that was tagged in Zamboanga City as undocumented imported rice.  

    “Donate that to the DSWD. They can use that,” Dominguez told Guerrero during the latest executive committee meeting of the Department of Finance.

    The 30,000 bags of rice for donation to the DSWD are on top of the 16,000 bags earlier turned over by the Customs under former commissioner Isidro Lapeña on Dominguez’s orders to augment disaster relief efforts for typhoon victims.

    About 9,000 bags of rice seized in the Port of Cebu were turned over by the Customs to the DSWD on Sept. 14. 

    Another 6,921 bags in the Port of Zamboanga and 748 bags in the custody of the bureau’s Enforcement and Security Service were also donated to the DSWD on Sept. 19 and 24, respectively. 

    The Customs said it donated to the DSWD 5,040 pieces of canned goods, 109 packages of emergency survival blankets, 350 boxes of bed sheets, blankets and towels, 1,332 boxes of brand new clothes, and 153 packages of face masks from the Manila International Container Port on Sept. 21. 

    According to a Customs report to Dominguez, the bureau will donate used clothing of various volumes seized from the ports of San Fernando in La Union, Manila, MICP, Legazpi City, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Subic. 

    Earlier, Dominguez directed the Customs to immediately release smuggled rice and other food items seized by the agency to the DSWD to augment ongoing government preparations before typhoon “Ompong” struck Northern Luzon. 

    Dominguez said “government-to-government transfers in emergency situations can be legally fast-tracked” as in the case of the Customs’ release of the seized food stocks to the DSWD for disaster relief.

    (J. G. Rada, MT)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 14 June 2019
      2 days ago No comment

      CANADA PLACE ANNOUNCES ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES FOR 32st ANNUAL EVENT CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

      Vancouver, B.C.: Canada Place today announced the diverse and fun-filled lineup of entertainment and activities that will make the 32nd annual Canada Day at Canada Place on July 1st the largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital. “What a spectacular spot to hold Canada Day celebrations! I encourage ...

    • 14 June 2019
      2 days ago No comment

      Teen Summer Adventure

      Need some inspiration for how to spend the summer? Come into any Surrey Libraries branch and pick up your All-Access Passbook for some Summer fun. The passbook is filled with challenges, activities and a reading tracker. Complete the activities to earn tickets that go toward weekly prizes and 10, ...

    • 14 June 2019
      2 days ago No comment

      SAVE-ON-FOODS MEETS SIX-YEAR FOOD WASTE REDUCTION TARGET IN SIX MONTHS; ANNOUNCES NEW ZERO-WASTE TARGET

      B.C. organizations collaborate on industry-leading food waste reduction process Vancouver, B.C. – Western Canada’s largest home-grown grocery chain, Save-On-Foods, has surpassed its company-wide goal of cutting its food waste in half by the year 2025 – a goal it announced only six months ago. In collaboration with B.C.-based organizations ...

    • 14 June 2019
      2 days ago No comment

      “DRIVE” FOR LOCAL HEALTH CARE RAISES $288,000 AT RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S GOLF TOURNAMENT

      Richmond, B.C. – Community spirit and fundraising came together as donors, sponsors and community champions united for day of golf, fun and philanthropy to improve local health care at Richmond Hospital Foundation’s Golf Tournament presented by River Green by ASPAC on June 3. “The huge success of Richmond Hospital ...

    • 14 June 2019
      2 days ago No comment

      FIREWORKS, FOOD, & ENDLESS FUN FOR THE FAMILY

      Prepare to come hungry as Honda Celebration of Light brings in close to 40 food vendors! Vancouver, B.C. – It’s not just about the fireworks, it also about the food! This year Honda Celebration of Light will have up to 40 food vendors throughout English bay, Vanier Park, and ...

    %d bloggers like this: