The Department of Finance approved a Bureau of Customs donation of 6,357.8 liters of unmarked fuel to the Philippine Coast Guard
The fuel was seized by the customs bureau in Arayat, Pampanga in September 2021
The donation will help PCG’s humanitarian and disaster response efforts under Task Force Kalinga
As of January 21, PCG vessels and air assets have transported a total of 1,637.3 tons of relief goods
The Department of Finance (DOF) has approved the donation to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) of 6,357.8 liters of unmarked fuel seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
In a statement, PCG thanked Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III for approving the donation, which it said will significantly aid in PCG’s humanitarian and disaster response under Task Force Kalinga.
The unmarked fuel was seized by BOC from a gasoline station in Pampanga during a random field and confirmatory testing conducted in September 2021 under the government’s fuel marking program, which is part of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law.
Petroleum products found without the official fuel marker or not containing the required level of official fuel marker will be slapped duties and taxes, including fines and penalties. They may also be confiscated and forfeited while the suspects face the possible filing of the appropriate criminal case.
As of January 21, PCG vessels and air assets have transported a total of 1,637.3 tons of relief goods.
Moreover, PCG auxiliary aircraft and private vessels that are part of the agency’s relief transport missions have ferried 979.6 tons of supplies, bringing the tally to 2,616.9 tons of transported relief goods and critical supplies since December 19, 2021. The supplies are intended to support rehabilitation of families affected by typhoon Odette, the strongest to hit the country last year.