WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT

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A forwarding company, Kornet Express Inc. (Kornet), has called the attention of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for erroneously reporting that it was the consignee of a shipment of used clothing worth P5 million which was earlier seized by intelligence operatives of the Port of Cagayan de Oro (CDO). The…

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ALL 15 sections of the Formal Entry Division (FED) of the Port of Manila (PoM) have been closed as part of continuing reform programs being implemented by Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to rid the bureau of rampant corruption. “We will be having a queuing system for our…

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THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have placed all their personnel stationed at airports and seaports on high alert to ensure the safety of travelers bound for the provinces to observe All Saints’ Day. Not discounting the possibility that terrorists might take advantage of the…

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are employed at present against so-called “third country” recruitment schemes. The POEA, in a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd, issued the warning over the weekend on complaints from Filipino household service workers (HSWs) in Hong…

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USING the Bureau of Customs (BoC) as conduit, so-called online “love scammers” are again back in business to extort money from unsuspecting Filipino men and women who are searching for foreign partners. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena issued the warning over the weekend after he received a complaint from a scammed…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is encouraging Filipino migrant workers to invest in the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB), “their” bank, and become part-owners of it. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Friday said interested OFWs may opt to use their credit line with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration…

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has eased the rules on mandatory x-ray examination of red-flagged shipments to avoid port congestion especially with the advent of the holiday season. In a directive, Lapena exempted all Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-bound shipments, perishable and reefer shipments as well as importation of government agencies…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has pushed for unity in labor standards among the 10-member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) amid employment opportunities in the region’s growing economic integration. Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod made the pitch on Wednesday during the opening of the two-day…

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BARELY two months after assuming office, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña’s mettle may be tested after the Bureau of Customs Employees Union (Bocea) warned it is poised to launch protest actions that could paralyze the agency’s operations. Bocea president Remedios Princesa told The Manila Times on Sunday that the union is…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has created a Technical Working Group (TWG) to study the proposed Tax Reform and Inclusion (Train) Act amid mix reactions on the tax measure’s impact on workers’ income. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd has issued Administrative Order (AO) 460 constituting the TWG to…

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