Customs bureau steps up anti-smuggling drive


The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Collection District III will put up 19 brand new Rapiscan X-ray machines in a bid to curb smuggling in the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Some of the machines will be installed at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) where some illegal drugs are being mailed.

District III Collector Ed Macabeo said at least six x-ray equipment will be installed at NAIA terminal 1 arrival baggage build up area, and three portable x-ray machines will be placed at the Customs arrival near the conveyor area at the same terminal.

Three units will be installed at NAIA terminal 2 luggage area and two portable machines at the arrival area.
At the terminal 3, four x-ray equipment will be deployed – two at the luggage area and two x-ray machines at the arrival area.

Macabeo said two mobile x-ray machines will be utilized to check personal belongings and luggage of VIPs and celebrities, especially those with chartered flights and whose aircraft are parked at the remote parking of NAIA terminals.

Ramon Hernandez, a Customs collector and officer in charge of CMEC, said acquiring the x-ray machines was one of the priority projects of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.

Before the acquisition of the machines, the Customs bureau only had one x-ray machine at NAIA terminal 1, one in Terminal 2, and two at terminal 3.


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