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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WATCH: NEW UPDATES ABOUT BALIKBAYAN BOX AND BUREAU OF CUSTOMS

Release from the Blas Ople Center Facebook page: 
Today, September 16, the OFW Advocates Coalition had a consultation meeting with the Bureau of Customs (BoC) officials at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) building.
The following points were derived from the meeting:


Image courtesy of Bhing Comiso and Nelson Ramirez
Resolved points:
1. There is nothing to fear about additional costs in balikbayan boxes. Eveything must and will go through a consultative process.

2. There is a unified position that the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act that includes an increase in the amount of value of goods that an OFW is entitled to bring home with him/her must be passed soon.
3. The BoC will reiterate once again the policy of Commissioner Alberto Lina that OFWs' circumstances and situation will be recognized and respected within all levels of the BoC. Rights of OFWs must be respected at all times.
Unresolved points:
1. What is the role of OWWA in this issue?
2. How can we ensure the legal cover and security of OFW advocates' representatives if they are to witness the opening of balikbayan boxes?