Oliver Bugarin 4 0 0 4 min to read

BOC will increase inspections as part of its anti-sugar hoarding campaign.

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said that more checks would be carried out in collaboration with other authorities to find sugar that is purportedly being hoarded.

Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz stated in a statement that the purpose of these inspections is to make it crystal apparent to businesses and organizations that the government is serious about going after hoarders.

He continued, “We aren’t stopping anytime soon, and working with various government agencies — from the police to the military — showed what we can achieve when we pour all of our resources and efforts into executing what we are mandated to do and what the President had asked of us.

Following the unauthorized issuance of Sugar Order No. 4, which had previously been rejected by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who concurrently serves as Agriculture Secretary and Chairperson of the Sugar Regulatory Administration, the continuous inspection of warehouses suspected of housing sugar came into effect (SRA).

By the decree, 300,000 metric tons of sugar might have been imported.

In addition, the bureau plans to begin its inventory of the products, including PHP1.8 billion worth of local and foreign sugar, that was discovered inside a warehouse in Nasugbu, Batangas, following an inspection on September 4 on Tuesday.

The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), Enforcement and Security Service, and warehouse representatives will be present as the designated Customs examiners who lead the inventory.

The team, made up of (CIIS) at the Manila International Container Port, examined the storage and discovered around 197,590 sacks of domestic Don Pedro white sugar in addition to an estimated 181,299 sacks of imported MITR PHOL brand pure refined sugar from Thailand. Sugar weighs 50 kilos per sack.

The crew went to Central Asucarera Don Pedro in Barangay Lumbangan in Nasugbu, Batangas, armed with Ruiz’s Letter of Authority (LOA) and Mission Order (MO), where they discovered imported items as well as domestic and foreign sugar.

“We view this as a significant victory in our ongoing fight against sugar hoarding. Since we began examining sugar storage facilities, this may be one of our largest operations to date, according to Ruiz.

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