By MB Online
The Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) or Port of NAIA was recognized last Feb. 7 for having “successfully executed apprehensions of various prohibited commodities, including illegal drugs,” worth more than P821 million in 2019, according to their announcement on social media.
The Port of NAIA was given a plaque of recognition at the Bureau of Customs 118th founding anniversary celebration in Port Area, Manila, for their achievement in intercepting “one of the highest values of seized contraband recorded in CY (calendar year) 2019,” according to the text on the plaque.
In a Facebook post dated Feb. 19, Bureau of Customs-NAIA wrote that of the estimated P821.15 million worth of goods, P430.8 million worth came from two seized aircraft and P308.3 million worth from illegal drugs.
The post read further: “The remaining P82.05 million consisted of intercepted meat and meat products without sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance, intercepted illegal wildlife species from illegal wildlife trade, used cellphones without National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) permit, unregistered beauty products which were found harmful, and guns and ammunitions without proper permits.”
The recognition was given to Port of NAIA by Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero through District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan.
This year, the Port wrote, it has so far already “seized P29.5 million worth of illegal goods from different warehouses in NAIA.” It added that Port of NAIA personnel vowed “to continuously protect the borders against illegal and prohibited commodities.”
From 2018 to 2019, Customs personnel at the airport have seized P672 million worth of drugs. (With a report from Ariel Fernandez)