Customs to fast track foreign aid clearance

By Benjamin Lim Vergara

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THE Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport will prioritize the facilitation of all incoming international aid for victims of super typhoon Ompong.

Port of NAIA District Collector Carmelita Talusan said the customs will fast track clearances for foreign relief goods like sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene and shelter kits and sort of packed noodles, except medicines which needs clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drugs.

Reports said Australia is giving AUD$800,000 or about PhP31 million in humanitarian assistance for the victims of Typhoon Ompong.

Typhoon Ompong smashed through Northern Luzon on Saturday and left a trace of destruction.

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Meanwhile, the United Nations World Food Programme on Sunday said that it is transporting 20,000 bags of rice for families affected by “Ompong,” the strongest storm to hit in 2018.

The sacks will be transported from the National Food Authority in Valenzuela to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s National Resource Operations Center.

Once all of them arrived at the Port of NAIA, Talusan said, they will assist in giving clearances for the immediate release of the goods.


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Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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