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Customs-NAIA destroys 20 tons of unsafe forfeited goods

Customs officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on November 21, 2019, destroyed 20 tons of goods in Trece Martires, Cavite.

In a statement, Port of NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan said the condemnation proceeding is part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) efforts to decongest their storage facilities.

It is also in line with the directive of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to clear storage facilities of abandoned and illegally shipped items to better facilitate trade within the port.

She added that the goods were destroyed using the thermal decomposer (pyrolysis) facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc. (IWMI).

Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of substance and materials without any trace of molecular oxygen in the destruction chamber.

The activity was in coordination with the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Optical Media Board (OMB) National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) and the Commission on Audit (COA).

The condemnation is in accordance with the provisions of Section 1145 (Disposition of Goods Injurious to Public Health) and 1148 (Disposition of Regulated Goods) of the Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. (Ferdinand Patinio, PNA)

Top photo: DESTROYED. Customs officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport destroyed 20 tons of forfeited goods in Trece Martires, Cavite on Thursday (Nov. 21, 2019). The goods were destroyed using the thermal decomposer (pyrolysis) facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc. (IWMI). (Photo courtesy of BOC-NAIA)

Defense Secretary thanks Japan govt for military aircraft donation

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed gratitude to the Japanese government as the latter donated three more Beechcraft King Air TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy (PN).

“We are very thankful for this first grant project of JMOD (Japan Ministry of Defense) following the amendment of Japan Government’s Self-Defense Force Act which allows the donation of excess defense and military equipment to partner countries such as ours,” he said.

Lorenzana said these aircraft could surely bolster the Philippine Navy’s capability to provide humanitarian assistance and conduct disaster relief operations.

“Also, with its patrol range that is double compared to those of the existing Philippine aircraft which only has a maximum range of 300 kilometers, the maritime air surveillance and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance capability of PN will also be enhanced,” he added.

The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized last Feb. 29, 2016.

“On behalf of the One Defense Team, we are truly grateful to the government of Japan for its tremendous assistance in helping us improve our ability to carry out maritime security operations,” the defense chief said.

Crimes in Central Luzon down 36.19%

Crimes recorded in Central Luzon dipped 36.19 percent in the first two and a half months of the 2018 amid the government’s continuous campaign against illegal drugs.

Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, director of the Police Regional Office, attributed this lower crime rate to the current administration’s effort to enhance the management of police operations and the resumption of Project Double Barrel.

Data from the region showd that from January 1 to March 18, this year, the number of recorded incidents on eight focused crimes was 1,342, down from the 2,103 in the same period in 2017.

The eight focused crimes are murder, homicide, robbery, theft, physical injury, rape, motorcycles, and motor vehicles motornapping.

Crime clearance efficiency increased by 70.86 percent while crime solution efficiency increased by 48.36 percent.

Police provincial offices in Central Luzon with the highest percentage decrease of crime incidents are: Bataan (48.21 percent); Nueva Ecija (43.31 percent); Olongapo City (42.19 percent); Angeles City (39.90 percent); Pampanga (37.02 percent); Tarlac (35.93 percent); Bulacan (30.57 percent); and Zambales (22.22 percent).

“This significant decrease in focus and prevalent crimes can be attributed to our intensified anti-criminality measures, particularly on motorcycle-riding suspects and our resumed anti-drug campaign and the community’s support and involvement in our crime prevention and control efforts,” Corpus said.

AFP, PNP to heighten security for Holy Week

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have ensured public safety during the Lenten break.

AFP is set to deploy at least 700 soldiers across Metro Manila, said Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.

The organization will add 100 more military reservists to secure transport hubs, malls, among others, he added.

“There will be forces that will be deployed in Quiapo Church, bus terminals, South and North harbors, airports and stations of mass transport systems in Metro Manila,” he said.

Arrojado said authorities have yet to receive any potential threats for the Holy Week.

“No threats were detected but we remain on alert,” said Arrojado.

Moreover, the PNP has already announced its highest security alert status in the country for the said event.

“This means that all our policemen will be on duty while our countrymen are on vacation. We are also encouraging force multipliers like barangay police to help us,” said dela Rosa.

“On the threat of terrorism, so far we can say we are not monitoring any threat from terrorism but then again we are advising the public not to relax. Let us still be vigilant,” he added.

Gov’t readies for Fire Prevention Month

The government is set to carry out a series of activities in preparation for the observance of the Fire Prevention Month.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be focusing on raising awareness regarding fire safety.

Under this plan, the agency will introduce the campaign dubbed as “Berong Bombero sa Paaralan” across all elementary schools in the Philippines.

It will also launch the “1st Fire Safety Expo” to showcase the works of winners in different fire prevention competitions nationwide.

Moreover, the DILG will prepare a fun run “One Team: One Color” as well as a “Bike for a Cause” for all BFP regional, provincial and municipal offices.

“Fire Protection Month is the time of the year when we are at our most visible. Let us use this attention, harness it to our full advantage to tap as many Filipinos as we can to channel the fact that fire prevention doesn’t rest solely in our care, on the firefighters’ shoulder, but is everyone’s responsibility,” DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año said.

BFP Spokesperson Supt. Joanne Vallejo added that every Filipino should be knowledgeable and responsible to lessen the incidence of fire in the country.