The United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP) has donated four motor vehicles to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to strengthen the bureau’s logistical and enforcement capabilities.
The used vehicles—three Land Cruiser SUVs and one BMW motorcycle—were initially turned over to BOC for proper disposition as they were not allowed to be sold locally since they were imported tax exempt, the customs bureau said in a statement. UN-WFP then decided to donate the vehicles to BOC instead.
The motor vehicles will be used to improve the BOC’s logistical performance and overall operational capability to eliminate smuggling in the country.
UN-WFP Philippines representative and deputy country director Mate Persson led the turnover on September 28, 2020.
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the vehicles will greatly improve the mobility of BOC’s Enforcement and Security Service, which is responsible for anti-smuggling and other law enforcement activities.