Nakakagigil talaga at madaling magalit sa gobyerno but let us look the real score in Manila and what they say. I’ve read the rationality and justifications why the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Sinasabi ng Malacañang na rampant na daw ang gun smuggling, car and motorcycle spare parts and drug smuggling.
Nauunawaan ko kung bakit nila ginagawa sa puntos na ito. Dahil kelangan nga naman ng Customs na maging vigilant towards the import of these prohibited imports. One of the main responsibilities of Custom officials is to scrutinize and police everything that comes from any foreign country. Hindi lang ito boxes from OFWs. Some are tons of commodities from anyone.
But my comments are:
1. Do they have to literally open the boxes without asking permission from the sender? Meron naman Airway Bill or Bill of Lading. A bill of lading (sometimes abbreviated as B/L or BoL) is a document issued by a carrier which details a shipment of merchandise and gives title of that shipment to a specified party.
2. Hindi pa ba tayo updated sa electronic scanning system where the content of boxes can be seen on the computer in without actually ripping off boxes? In the airport, we all understand that if an officer suspect the content on our hand luggage, we will be asked to wait until checks are done. But that’s all about it. They give back the hand luggage. Worse, is they will tell you: “this item cannot be taken inside the airport.” But the OFW boxes contents are usually coffees, chocolates, gadgets, computers, laptops, phones, shoes, sugars…normal commodities only. My question is why do they have to take advantage of seeing the content. I heard that in Paranaque, there is a market for OFW boxes apparently sold by forwarders. Phew, maawa naman sila sa hirap magpuno ng isang box na halos hindi na kumakain ang iba para lang makapamili ng mga ilalagay sa box.
3. Kung talagang kelangan buksan ang box due to suspicion, pero dapat sana ipagbigay alam ito sa nag-padala. Pangalawa, kung wala naman sila makitang masama sa ipinadala, ibalik at i-tape ulet nila at ipadala sa recipient with their annotations /reasons kung bakit na delay ang pag deliver. Hindi yung hindi na nila ipapadala kase pinag saluhan na nila or naibenta na pala nila.
4. If they can televise or record the inspection process para they can show that it has been carried out without any intention to sabotage the content of the balikbayan box, the better. Without these precautionary measures,there will always be the so-called: Bulok na sistema. This is “robbery in broad daylight”, as the old saying goes. Ngayon, malapit ng mag-pasko, walang inaasam-asam ang mga taga Custom kundi magbukas ng mga boxes kahit hindi naman para sa kanila. Their favourite song would be: “You better watch out…Santa Claus (the OFWs) is sending boxes to town…”
Grabe ang pahirap at sakripisyo ng mga OFWs na mawalay sa pamilya. Pati ba naman itong boxes na pinuno ng pag-ibig at pananabik sa mga anak, asawa, kapatid at magulang, nanakawin ng mga taga Customs? God bless these people. Di nila alam kung ilang buwan bago napuno ang box. Maawa naman po kayo, mga taga Customs.
Suggestions ko lang ito mga kapatid at kababayan: Wag na muna tayo magpa box for now. Just send our family money and tell them to buy things na gusto nila doon.