Country loses P1 billion in 2015

July 10, 2016 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment


By Brando Cortez
Pork smuggling has caused the country to lose P1 billion of income under the Bureau of Customs in 2015, a hog industry group claimed.
The Swine Development Council (SDC) has joined President Rodrigo Duterte in saying that smuggling of agricultural products alone has gone unabated under former BOC chief Alberto Lina’s watch.
SDC council member Rosendo So, citing United Nations Commodities Trade data, said  the country lost P1 billion of revenues on smuggling of pork in 2015.
 “Our data showed that Customs Commissioner Lina has not made a dent on smuggling. Rampant smuggling of five staple commodities—rice, pork meat, poultry, onions, garlic—has continued to this day,” So said.
He said SDC provided Lina and the Department of Agriculture with names of known smugglers but these were ignored.
So once said the Aquino administration failed the agriculture sector in terms of stopping smuggling agriculture commodities.
“After five years and four Customs’ chiefs, there is no doubt that the past administration failed the agriculture sector in this regard,” said So, also chair of the  Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG).
President  Duterte said rampant smuggling is costing the country P300 million daily in foregone revenues as he warned that he has “zero tolerance” for graft and corruption at the BOC.
“In the Bureau of Customs, we are losing an estimated P300 million daily [due to smuggling] in all ports all over the country,” Duterte told the business forum in Davao City.
“The corruption must stop. It makes me sick. I have zero tolerance (for) graft and criminality. I will kill all of you, smugglers and corrupt officials,” Duterte warned.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said  the BOC had a shortfall in revenue collection reaching P43.2 billion.
New Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said he will implement massive reforms in the bureau that would improve  revenue collection and services.

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