For many years, the Bureau of Customs (BOC or simply ‘Customs’) has long been destroying confiscated goods, including expensive gadgets and luxury cars, to serve as lesson to erring importers not to mess with the government again.
Of course, millions of netizens wished that Customs will just donate these items to the needy instead destroying them.
Many also think that destroying the clothes, food, gadgets, cars, and other expensive items is completely unnecessary, especially considering the millions of Filipinos who are struggling to buy enough things they need to live.
Since there are so many Filipinos living in the streets and going hungry at a daily basis, netizens think that Customs should just sell the confiscated products or give these to the poor.
It seems that these suggestions have finally been heard by the higher ups because Customs announced that seized gadgets and other relevant items will be donated to the Department of Education (DepEd) for use in distance learning and online school.
With so many parents complaining about not having smartphones for their children to use or teachers needing laptops and printers for preparing modules, Customs’ move was met with applause on social media.
Currently, Customs is conducting an inventory of the items that may still be donated to the DepEd and other government agencies can benefit from the program. Items include smartphones, laptops, printers, pocket WiFi devices, computer tablets, and flash drives. There were also education books as well as shoes and school bags.
A lot of netizens feel that that Customs is doing this – and many surely hope that they will be among the recipients! But many were still skeptical that these would even reach the poor students and teachers who need them the most…