Rampant smuggling stunts agri growth

Published by rudy Date posted on February 28, 2016

The government’s lackluster efforts to combat smuggling have dragged down growth in the agricultural sector, which is already facing other challenges including El Niño and weak infrastructure.

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Lina: Government losing up to P5 B through balikbayan smuggling

Published by rudy Date posted on September 4, 2015

By Prinz Magtulis and Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star), Sep. 4, 2015 MANILA, Philippines – The government is losing about P3 billion to P5 billion a year from smuggling using balikbayan boxes, although the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has only made 38 such seizures over the past six years, valued at P12.3 million.

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These 8 farm products have been smuggled the most into the country — gov’t study

Published by rudy Date posted on February 18, 2014

Carrots, yes; potatoes, no MANILA – Rice tops the list of farm products smuggled into the Philippines, according to a state-backed study released today. According to a report by Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the amount of smuggled agriculture products hit $10 billion in the period 1986-2008.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Agri smugglers take advantage of old laws, loopholes (Second of 3 parts)

Published by rudy Date posted on February 17, 2014

Read Part 1 here MANILA, Philippines – Smuggling of agricultural commodities has become widespread in recent decades because some policies and procedures in the country’s importation system have become antiquated.

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Agri smuggling $10-B trade – study

Published by rudy Date posted on February 16, 2014

(First of three parts) MANILA, Philippines – In the 1980s, smuggling of agricultural commodities had evolved into a big-time illegal trade, with the value of such products estimated at $6 billion a year.

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51 years of smuggling cost $410B, says study

Published by rudy Date posted on February 4, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—“Illicit funds,” estimated at $410.5 billion, flowed into and out of the Philippines between 1960 and 2011, a significant portion of which occurred through smuggling, said a report published Tuesday by a Washington-based research and advocacy group.

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Smuggling, shadowy funds, and tax reform

Published by rudy Date posted on April 10, 2013

DESPITE CLAIMS to the contrary, the Philippines’ fiscal space is narrow and will continue to tighten unless steady, sustainable sources of revenues are generated. For a country that is on a catch-up mode, the Philippines has large and increasing public expenditure needs for education, health, public infrastructure and military pension.

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Gov’t tightens watch

Published by rudy Date posted on April 2, 2013

THE GOVERNMENT will soon allow importation of “sensitive” commodities prone to smuggling only through select ports, the Department of Finance (DoF) said in a statement yesterday.

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90-pct of Philippines’ small-scale gold lost to smuggling, end up in China

Published by rudy Date posted on August 22, 2012

Miners roll out sacks of boulders out of a tunnel, after a 24-hour shift at one of the hundreds of small mines on the rugged slopes of Mount Diwata in southern Philippines.

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Business execs dissatisfied with gov’t efforts to curb smuggling – survey

Published by rudy Date posted on August 14, 2012

Manila, Philippines – Majority of business executives are dissatisfied with the government’s efforts to fight smuggling even as they found most government agencies to have shown satisfactory performance in the second year of President Aquino’s administration, according to a survey conducted by the Makati Business Club (MBC).

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Government ‘flunks’ anti-smuggling drive

Published by rudy Date posted on August 13, 2012

NINE government agencies, including the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Department of Finance (DOF) and Department of Tourism (DOT), received record-high satisfaction ratings from top business executives. But they gave the administration’s anti-smuggling campaign a failing grade.

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Tax evaders, smugglers getting more sophisticated

Published by rudy Date posted on January 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – When President Aquino was elected into office, the nation wrapped itself in euphoria. Filipinos were filled with hope as Aquino promised that he would finally be that leader the country needed.

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FPI pushes for anti-smuggling bill in admin’s list of priority measures

Published by rudy Date posted on April 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) has urged government to include the anti-smuggling bill in Malacañang’s list of priority measures not only to help increase tax collection but also to protect domestic manufacturers.

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Labor unions, onion farmers join drive against smuggling

Published by rudy Date posted on September 13, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The private sector has intensified its campaign against smuggling as onion farmers and labor unions have joined forces with the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) and the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG).

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