By Analou De Vera
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said that it will further intensify its anti-smuggling and anti-counterfeit operations in order to prevent the proliferation of fake goods in the country.
The Bureau made the assurance after P65-million worth of counterfeit goods was destroyed on Friday at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
The BOC said that among the counterfeit goods that were destroyed were fake shoes, watches, and soaps, estimated to be worth P1.8 million, which the bureau had seized “from various areas and ports as a result of the continuing efforts of the Bureau to secure the country’s borders.”
“Wearing these counterfeit goods condone the unfavorable impact to the sporting goods industry that employs millions, and also deprive [the] government of its revenue collections to fund priority socio-economic programs, among others,” said BOC Commissioner Rey Guererro in a statement.
The other goods that were destroyed were fake cigarettes, bags, wallets, phones, phone accessories, shirts, belts, money chips, among others that were seized by other apprehending agencies.