The National Food Authority (NFA) on Thursday requested the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to seize some 243, 000 bags of rice were shipped into the country via the Port of Davao without the necessary NFA import permit.
NFA Administrator Orlan Calayag said that the illegal shipments were monitored by agency in coordination with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the BOC in Davao.
In a letter to BOC Commissioner Rufino Biazon dated October 22, Calayag named five consignees of the smuggled rice, including Bold Bidder Marketing & General Merchandise, with 25,000 bags that arrived on August 7 and 12, 2013; Jade Bros. Farms & Livestock, Inc., with 77,000 bags that arrived on July 26 and August 11, 2013; Medaglia de Oro Trading, with 45,000 bags that arrived on July 27, August 7, 10 and 19, 2013; Silent Royalty Marketing, with 68,000 bags that arrived on August 10, 18, 28 and September 4, 2013; and Starcraft Trading Corporation, with 28,000 bags that arrived on September 21 and October 1, 2013.
Calayag also informed Biazon that BOC personnel assigned at the port allowed the shipments to leave despite the lack of an import permit.
The NFA chief also requested Biazon to file the necessary charges against the rice consignees and concerned BOC personnel.
Another 69,500 bags of rice imports that arrived at the Port of Davao had already been put on hold upon the NFA’s request. The shipments were consigned to the San Carlos Multipurpose Cooperative, with 34,700 bags that arrived last September 6, 15 and 22, 2013; and Starcraft Trading Corporation, with 34, 800 bags that arrived last October 19, 2013. JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ