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DA and BOC Meeting to Address Smuggling of Agri Commodities (Oct. 8, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 8 October 2021

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) met on October 8, 2021 to implement a new set of measures to curtail the entry of smuggled agricultural commodities and ensure an optimum level of food safety for Filipino consumers.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero agreed to strengthen the “second border” inspections and create a technical working group (TWG) to review the 15-year-old guidelines and procedures on handling imported food items.

The TWG – chaired by agriculture assistant secretary for regulations Liza Battad, and co-chaired by DA assistant secretary for economic intelligence Federico Laciste, BOC deputy commissioner intelligence group Raniel Ramiro and assistant commissioner for post-clearance audit group Vincent Phillip Maronilla – will help establish sanitary and phytosanitary measures, food safety standards, and other regulatory measures in conducting first/second border inspection and control procedures.

The members of the TWG include respective heads of DA regulatory agencies – like the bureaus of plant industry (BPI), animal industry (BAI), and fisheries and aquatic resources (BFAR), and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) – and concerned BOC officers. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)