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Customs foils P20-M rice smuggling try

Keeping a watchful eye on illegal shipments, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) foiled an attempt to smuggle P20-million worth of imported rice from China in the Port of Manila. BOC intercepted the illegal rice loaded in 12 container vans after the shipment was alerted by the agency’s Command Center last October 4  based on suspicious images captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in POM. “When they knew we seized and alerted (the rice shipment),they abandoned it immediately,” Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon told reporters in yesterday’s media viewing. The BOC chief identified the shipment’s consignee as RPR International Trading, while the broker was Ibarra Tiangco. He ordered the suspension of their accreditation in the Department of Finance (DOF)-attached agency. The illegal rice shipment, consigned to RPR International Trading, was declared to contain leatherette upon arrival at …

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MICP raises P65 M from non-traditional revenues

Amid its monthly collection shortfall, the Manila International Container Port (MICP), the country’s biggest port, generated P65 million in non-traditional revenues in the first four months of the Duterte administration. MICP raised the amount from the public auctions of forfeited imported goods it conducted from July 1 to Oct. 4. Data culled from the Manila Port showed that 108 container vans filled with assorted items were disposed during the period, in which 30 containers were loaded with automobiles and motorcycles. “This is our way of contributing to the revenues of the agency,” said Gerry Macatangay, chief of the MICP’s Auction and Cargo Disposal Division, said. Just last Oct. 4, he said the proceeds from the sale of various goods in 10 lots were P14.46 million. The MICP were able to auction off stainless steel boilers, …

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P20 M smuggled China rice seized

Some P20 million worth of smuggled imported rice from China were intercepted by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Port of Manila Tuesday, October 25. BOC foiled the attempted smuggling of illegal rice, in yellow sacks loaded in 12 shipping containers, after the shipment was alerted by the agency’s Command Center last October 4 based on suspicious images captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the port. The illegal rice shipment was declared to contain leatherette upon arrival at the Manila Port last August 20. The BOC chief identified the shipment’s consignee as RPR International Trading, with Ibarra Tiangco as the broker. Faeldon has ordered the suspension of RPR’s accreditation. “When they knew we seized and alerted (the rice shipment), they abandoned it immediately,” Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon told reporters in the media viewing. The …

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Pag-IBIG offers loans to typhoon victims

Typhoon victims, who are members of Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), may now apply for calamity loans, Vice President Leni Robredo announced yesterday. The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair, who also heads Pag-IBIG, was referring to the affected residents in areas declared under state of calamity. “Makakaasa po ang ating mga kababayang na handa ang ating mga Pag-IBIG regional offices at magiging mabilis at maayos ang pagproseso ng kanilang mga calamity loans (Our countrymen can count on Pag-IBIG regional offices for a swift processing of their calamity loans),” she said in a statement. Robredo ordered Pag-IBIG to identify areas where they can conduct Mobile offsite processing of calamity loan applications and deploy mobile Service Desks to accept them. The provinces under a state of calamity due super-typhoon “Lawin” are as …

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Robredo camp denies ‘oust Duterte’ plot with UN leader

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo downplayed a viral photo of her and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon together in Ecuador, which her critics said was proof they had a secret meeting to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez disputed the malicious posts on social media, saying the photograph taken with Ban was just a photo opportunity during the U.N. Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. “She just posed with him for a selfie. They didn’t have the chance to talk because this was just an informal dinner,” she told TV5 program Aksyon sa Umaga Monday, October 24. Hernandez was referring to the dinner hosted by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. During the dinner, Hernandez said Robredo and Ban just had a brief meeting, but nothing was formal. She also personally …

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Pag-IBIG Fund bares gains in collections thru partnerships

The partnership between the Housing Development Mutual Fund, known more popularly as the Pag-IBIG Fund, with collection agencies and telecommunications firms have started to bear fruit, resulting in additional collection worth P16.5 billion. In a statement, Marilene Acosta, Pag-IBIG Fund Senior Vice President for Home Lending Operations Sector, said that the collection agencies collected P11.26 billion while the tele-collection partner firm collected another P5.23 billion. The amount was accounted for the payments from housing loan accounts. "From January to August this year alone, we have already collected housing loan payments worth P5.11 billion because of these partnerships, “ she said. Of this amount, Acosta said that P2.21 billion was from Pag-IBIG’s partner collection agencies while its tele-collection service partner posted P2.90 billion. Pag-IBIG records showed that the collection agencies started its services for the Fund …

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Robredo affirms PH commitment to new urban agenda in summit

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo affirmed the country’s commitment on Tuesday to the New Urban Agenda at the United Nations Summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development being held in Quito, Ecuador. She told the U.N Conference that the New Urban Agenda would chart the country’s course for sustainable urban development for the next 20 years. “As co-facilitator, our aim was to ensure that the New Urban Agenda would be people-centered, inclusive, and development-oriented,” Robredo said as she delivered the country statement at the summit. Robredo, chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), presented during the UN Conference the Philippine report entitled “Better, Greener, Smarter Cities in an Inclusive Philippines.” Speaking at the summit, she noted that the report was the country’s contribution to “deepening the discussion and identifying emergent …

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BOC collections fall for third straight month

The Bureau of Customs (BOC), the government’s second largest revenue generating agency, continued to incur a shortfall during the third month in office of Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Out of the country’s 17 ports, 10 of them were still down with their actual collections even as the revenue target for September was revised. An initial collection report, a copy of which was obtained by Manila Bulletin, showed that the ports accounted for P2.57-billion deficit based on the BOC’s new revenue goal of P36.52 billion during the period. With last month’s original target of P43.52 billion, the collection deficit could have been higher amounting to P9.57 billion. The Department of Finance (DOF)-attached agency had collected R33.95 billion in September vis-à-vis the revenue targets. More than a month after Faeldon assumed office, the Development Budget and Coordination Committee …

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Robredo off to Ecuador for Habitat 3 Conference

In her third foreign trip, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo left for Quito, Ecuador last weekend to attend the Habitat 3 Conference where she will be heading the Philippine delegation. This leaves the country without its two top officials who are both in an official trip abroad. President Rodrigo Duterte left for Brunei Darussalam last Sunday in a three-day visit that seeks to boost ties between the two countries. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will serve as the country’s caretaker while Duterte is abroad. Robredo is expected to deliver the country statement during the opening plenary session at the conference, a United Nations Summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, scheduled from October 17-20. “The statement will be based on the Philippine National Report which has been a product of years of study and …

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Leni backs call for lifting of land conversion ban

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo has signed a petition for Malacañang to reconsider the issuance of a blanket Executive Order (EO) banning land conversions for two years, saying that the  ban will adversely affect the homeless. Robredo, chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), affixed her signature to the petition on concerns that the proposed ban will “introduce further delays in the housing and resettlement processes.” She said that such delay will “exacerbate the insurmountable housing backlog that we are working to address.” Likewise to be affected when the two-year ban is implemented, according to the Vice President, are the housing projects in “Yolanda-affected and other disaster-stricken areas, since these sites are mostly within agricultural zones.” Citing the impending lack of land for housing projects, the HUDCC chairperson is …

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