BOC trains eyes on cracker entry in Davao

By Anthony S. Allada
THE Bureau of Customs-Davao is now watchful on the entry of firecrackers in the city as the Christmas season is fast-approaching.
“In as much as the “ber” months have already began, this port is extra vigilant in monitoring importations of firecrackers,” BOC-Davao district collector lawyer Martiniano Bangcoy said.
Bangcoy said as counter measures, they have x-ray units since they require 100 percent actual examination,” he said.
“We also require clearance and import permit from the FEO-PNP, and rest assured our vigilance especially on our customs law enforcement units like the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Customs Police,” he said.
On Tuesday, operatives of the Philippine National Police Regional Maritime Unit 10 apprehended P500,000 worth of illegally imported and local firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in Cagayan de Oro City.
The contraband was stocked in a 20-footer container van with serial number NNCU 190514-1 inside 2GO warehouse compound located at Julio Pacana Street, Barangay Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City and ready for shipment. The shipment was consigned to HNH Trading in Bacolod while the shipper is MG Enterprises in Cagayan de Oro.
The raiding team was armed with a search warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court of Misamis Oriental Branch 19 against 2GO Shipping Lines for the seizure of the said contraband in violation of Section 4, Republic Act 7183.
Here in Davao City, an ordinance was passed in 2001 banning firecrackers and pyrotechnics that have been the cause of injuries during the celebration of Christmas and New Year.
The ordinance states it is unlawful to manufacture, sell or offer for sale, distribute, possess or use and to discharge or explode any firecracker or pyrotechnic device within the territory of Davao City.
A violator would have to pay a P1,000 fine and be imprisoned for not more than one month but not less than 20 days for first offense, while second offender will be fined P3,000 and imprisoned for not more than three months but not less than one month. A third offense merits a P5,000 fine and an imprisonment of not more than six months but not less than three months. (ASA)
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