By Junex Doronio
November 20, 2022
MANILA — Amid reshuffle rumors in the revenue-collecting government agency, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Sunday promised that the remaining 2,000 abandoned Balikbayan boxes in a warehouse in Bulacan will be fully delivered to their rightful owners before Christmas.
“‘Yun ang pinipilit at pinagdadasal natin na…mai-deliver ito bago mag-Pasko. Mahigit kumulang na lang naman na mga 2,000 Balikbayan boxes na natitira dito sa Balagtas, Bulacan,” BOC spokesperson Arnaldo dela Torre Jr. said in an interview with Super Radyo dzBB.
To recall, tension arose in the Bulacan warehouse, resulting from unclear directions on the release of over 4,600 Balikbayan boxes after months-long of delay.
These packages that were mainly from the Middle East were said to be abandoned by foreign courier services at the BOC.
Dela Torre vowed that they will start the free delivery of the Balikbayan boxes to provinces this week.
Meanwhile, the BOC has been gripped with reshuffle rumors for the past few months and recently some district collectors were given new assignments.
Lawyer Charlito Martin Mendoza who consistently exceeded his collection target for 10 straight months this year at the Port of Cebu was transferred to the Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG).
Port of Cagayan de Oro District Collector Atty. Elvira Cruz who was successful in her anti-smuggling drive and speedy trade facilitation was moved back to Port of Cebu.
Alexandra “Sandra Yap” Lumontad who deliberately snubbed Maharlika TV when she was still Port of Clark district collector was transferred as head of BOC Port of Cagayan de Oro.