By Betheena Kae Unite
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) debunked claims on Friday, April 3, on the delayed release of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies.
“The Bureau of Customs informs the public that complaints allegedly involving the BOC-DHL in the delayed release of PPE, medical supplies, and health devices are false and untrue,” it said in a statement.
The bureau maintained that it has been expediting the release of shipments of medical supplies and devices. “The BOC currently adopts the BOC-DHL pre-arrival procedures to immediately facilitate and process the shipments even prior to arrival of the package,” said the customs bureau.
The donated personal protective gears, medical supplies, and health devices, “are expeditiously processed and released by the BOC within the day to recipients, which is also consistent with the policy direction under the Republic Act 11469 known as the Bayanihan Act.”
A total of 4,669 shipments of PPE, medical supplies and health devices were released as of Thursday, April 2, since the declaration of a national health emergency. Of the running total, Port of NAIA released 3,430, while 1,520 packages were released in BOC-DHL with no pending shipment of PPE to date, the bureau said.
“Despite the circulating false insinuations of holding shipments, the BOC will remain committed, apolitical and steadfast in its mandate to expeditiously process and release of PPE, medical supplies and health devices for the immediate use of the public, especially the COVID-19 patients, and continue to provide government service during this crisis,” the bureau stressed.