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Easing rules is ‘scary’; BOC-NAIA condemns 24.6 tons of unsafe goods

FIRST of all, happy birthday to Mayor Isko Moreno and his son Joaquin who celebrated their natal day yesterday, October 24. They are 46 and 19, respectively.

We can only wish them good health and a long life free from stress and problems.

To the good mayor of Manila, may you continue to be blessed and be a blessing to others.


At the rate restrictions are being eased thus allowing more people out and freer movements around, the possibility of transmission is also thus increased, amid the fact that the cure for COVID-19 is not found yet.

More and more, the situation is becoming some sort of a ‘to each his own’ kind of thing which is very scary, specially in the wake of pronouncements made by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte that government funds are stretched to the limit, even likening it to an overstretched rubber band.

The Philippines has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, with 356,618 reported as of recently. The number includes 310,158 recoveries and 6,652 deaths.

While prohibitions are being relaxed, government, both national and local, should also be stepping up measures to constantly keep the populace reminded that COVID-19 is still here, that the risk of getting infected is still very much around, that the coronavirus is deadly and that there is still no cure available.

People, as we all know, have the tendency to put their guards down or even become careless, given a bit of freedom to go out and do whatever they want and thus expose themselves to possible infection which, in turn, may result in community transmission.

If this happens, all the efforts, previous lockdowns and quarantines are put to naught and, God forbid, we find our country back to square one.

Our medical practitioners have already said they are not ready for a second wave and may no longer be able to handle it. They are all tired and have been risking so much already as in fact, many have also died in the process of keeping others alive as a result of the pandemic.

As ordinary citizens, let us do our share by making sure that we take all the necessary precautions when we go out and that we only leave our homes when extremely necessary.

By constantly wearing face masks and face shields, washing or sanitizing our hands frequently and watching our distance from one another wherever we go while we avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth, we can lessen the risk of getting infected. Once we are safe, we also keep our loved ones safe by not bringing home the virus we may have gotten from being careless while outside of our homes.

Most of all, don’t forget to pray constantly that we all be kept safe and that this pandemic finally ends.


The Bureau of Customs-NAIA has condemned another 24.6 tons of vape products, cosmetics, expired medicines and supplements and other hazardous and unsafe goods with approximate value of P10 million. The said goods were imported without necessary Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration and permits.

The hazardous and unsafe imported goods have undergone condemnation proceedings and were destroyed thru the Thermal Decomposer (Pyrolysis) Facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc., in Trece Martires, Cavite, on October 17 and 19, 2020.

The destruction of the said goods was properly coordinated with Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Optical Media Board (OMB) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

In her statement, Port of NAIA District Collector Carmelita ‘Mimel’ Talusan said that the condemnation proceedings are in line with the directive of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to address perennial congestion problems of customs facilities on abandoned and illegally shipped items in order to further facilitate business and trade within the Port.

This, not to mention the concomitant role of the Bureau of Customs in border control and protection against the entry and proliferation of unsafe and hazardous goods. Kudos!!


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Itchie G. Cabayan
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