MANILA — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday formally donated a total of 758 forfeited vehicles to improve the mobility of various government agencies and eventually save the government millions in vehicle procurement costs. Customs Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jet Maronilla said the vehicles that have been donated are second-hand vehicles forfeited at the Port of Aparri in Cagayan in 2013.
“These are the ones declared by the Supreme Court decision as covered by the prohibition of Executive Order 156 as amended,” he said in a Viber message. Executive Order 156, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2002, banned the importation of used vehicles.
The vehicles were donated to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Presidential Security Group (PSG) among others.
Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero together with the bureau’s deputy commissioners and the representatives from the PNP headed by Brig. Gen. Angelito Casimero and the PSG headed by Maj. Rizza Mae San Agustin were present during the formal turnover and signing of the deed of donation conducted in the BOC Situation Room of the OCOM Building in South Harbor, Manila.
The PNP got 120 vehicles while the AFP got 60 vehicles and the PSG five vehicles. The remaining 573 vehicles are earmarked for donation to other government agencies. Among the vehicles donated were sports utility vehicles, vans, wagons and high mobility vehicles.
As a general rule, the entry of used and smuggled vehicles into the country is strictly prohibited and the subject vehicles once seized are destroyed through condemnation proceedings by the BOC. In 2019, the government decided to distribute the seized vehicles to government agencies instead of destroying and letting them rot.
Also in attendance during the vehicle turnover were Port of Aparri District Collector Arienito Claveria, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Deputy Administrator Agrimero Cruz, and Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Operations Division chief Hanzley Lim. (PNA)
On topmost photo: Forfeited vehicles.