Some P1.7-million worth of abandoned and expired goods that arrived without required clearances were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
BOC-NAIA District Collector Carmelita ‘Mimel’ Talusan said that the goods were destroyed on January 6 at a facility located in Trece Martires City in Cavite, under the supervision of the Port’s Auction and Cargo Disposal Division (ACDD).
The said team, she said, used the Thermal Decomposer (Pyrolysis) Facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc. (IWMI).
“This procedure is a border protection initiative of the BOC to protect the public from unsafe and harmful consumer products and to decongest warehouses with overstaying shipments,” Talusan explained.
Aside from preventing the entry of prohibited goods, the destruction of unsafe and expired goods was also vital to decongest customs warehouses to provide ample space for arriving goods, she added.
Talusan said that the BOC-Port of NAIA supports the directives of Commissioner Yogi Felimon Ruiz to ensure vigilance in the entry of dangerous drugs, anti-social goods and hazardous substances aligned with the marching orders of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.