BOC to fast-track release of face masks, alcohol

The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Davao has assured the public that the release of shipments containing face/surgical masks, isopropyl alcohol and other emergency medical supplies will be facilitated expeditiously.

BOC-Port of Davao district collector lawyer Erastus Sandino Austria said the Port of Davao will expedite the release whenever shipments of the said products will arrive in Davao City.

He also assured that there will be no delays during the process of the customs’ clearance in case of emergencies.

“As of now wala pa’y niabot sa amoa but if naa na, we will fast-track the release. When it comes to the distribution of the products, dili kami ang naga-control. Depende na sa importer or entity,” he said in a text message.
Austria also urged the public to directly get in touch with the BOC- Port of Davao’s public information and assistance division in case of queries on customs matters. ​

Meanwhile, in the interest of ensuring availability of supply and reasonable pricing of alcohol, hand sanitizers, hand gels, and other basic disinfectants, the Department of Trade and Industry-Davao (DTI-Davao) strongly encouraged all retailers to strictly implement a “two bottles per transaction policy” in all stores.

This measure aims to mitigate the risk of artificial shortage of supply, panic buying, and prevent hoarding for resale at an overpriced rate.
DTI-Davao also recommended to the supermarkets and groceries to manage and stretch current inventory to accommodate all consumers as much as possible.

DTI-Davao also reminded retailers that pursuant to Proclamation No. 922, Series of 2020 by the President of the Philippines dated March 08, 2020, declaring the entire country under a state of public health emergency, the prevailing prices of basic necessities shall remain as the price ceiling in Davao City until May 8, 2020 unless sooner lifted.