MANILA, Philippines - Due to the numerous smuggled items being brought in and out from Balikbayan boxes, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) wants to inspect each Balikbayan boxes manually by opening them one by one.
Bureau Of Customs, Have You Ever Heard Of X-Ray Machines?
Aug 24, 2015 at 12:27 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
Balikbayan boxes are the product of our Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFWs) sweat and blood. And now that the Customs wants to inspect them one by one by manually opening it, this angered the OFWs.
With the proposed ruling of inspection by the Customs, opening Balikbayan boxes are prone to stealing. Anyone could just grab items inside the box.
As per the BoC, the proposed rule is to eliminate smuggled items and sending of overpriced items.
So are take is, what is the purpose of x-ray machines? Have they even heard of it?
According to Ralph Recto, "the x-ray program was meant to do away with manual inspections kasi nga daw kapag ginamitan ng x-ray, parang see-thru na ang loob ng isang van."
"Ibalato na natin sa mga OFWs ang balikbayan boxes kasi ang pagpapadala n’yan sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay ay isang paraan para mabawasan nila ng konti ang kanilang kalungkutan"