The Bureau of Customs (BoC) had set up a “one-stop-shop” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the release of donations arriving from abroad.
The “one-stop-shop” which is located at the BoC-NAIA building is manned by personnel from the Department of Finance, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Customs representatives for the arrival of and processing of donated foreign relief goods.
All donated goods, however, must be consigned to DSWD or a DSWD-accredited non-government organizations or charitable organization.
“The consignees may release the relief goods at the cargo terminal using a gate pass only,” BoC-NAIA officer in charge Nerza Rebustes said on Tuesday, adding that after regular office hours or at 5 p.m., all transactions for such release may be filed at the arrival terminal release.
She also said that the Philippine Red Cross had been coordinating with the agency on the fast release of the relief shipment.
Earlier, a Lufthansa German Airlines aircraft loaded with 23 tons of relief goods for the victims of Yolanda arrived at the NAIA.
Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP), an aircraft-maintenance company based at the NAIA, received the humanitarian aid and has coordinated with the BoC for its clearance including the unloading and breakdown of freight.
The final release of the cargo, the LTP said, is to the World Vision Philippines and International Search and Rescue Germany (ISAR).
LTP added that the relief efforts, which have initiated by non-government organization World Vision and ISAR, came in from Germany as early as two days after the disastrous calamity.
The Lufthansa German Airlines had managed to load the goods in Frankfurt and transport them to Manila in the shortest possible. The packed relief goods consisted of fleece blankets, plastic sheets and medical equipment.
Smooth handling of the arrival and unloading of goods were also done quickly after a positive and immediate response from the German Embassy. BENJIE VERGARA