Bureau of Customs in Clark airport confiscates canned goods of OFW from Hong Kong

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, in the person of Norma Agtarap from Balaoan, La Union, went to Raffy Tulfo to report that her luggage that contained canned goods like Maling, Spam, and other canned goods were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs at Clark International Airport.

Norma Agtarap came home from Hong Kong on May 19 and brought home 30 pieces of canned goods as “pasalubong” to her family.  Unfortunately, the Bureau of Customs confiscated the canned goods saying that they are prohibited to enter the country because of a memorandum from the Bureau of Animal Industry saying that it is prohibited to bring into the country meat products because of the food and mouth disease.

Raffy Tulfo called the Officer in Charge of the Bureau of Customs in Clark airport and asked him to return to Norma Agtarap the canned goods that were confiscated from her but Melo said he could not decide because they are only following an order as per memorandum coming from the Bureau of Animal Industry.

Tulfo got angry because of the fact that small-scale transportation of these canned goods by OFWs are confiscated while big-time business men are allowed to transport tons of these canned goods for sale in the Philippines.

He promised Norma Agtarap to redeem the canned goods confiscated from her. And, on the following day, the Burea of Customs called Raffy’s office that they are returning the 30 pieces of confiscated canned goods to the OFW, Norma Agtarap.

Tulfo even added 70 more pieces as perks for Norma Agtarap for being a very hard-working domestic helper working from 6 o’clock in the morning till late 11 o’clock at night considering that she is already a senior citizen.

Tulfo paid for their transportation going back to Balaoan, La Union.

Source: Raffy Tulfo in Action

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