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DOTr: No baggage pilferage in NAIA Terminal 1

Feb 06, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade makes the announcement after a social media post claimed that the baggage of a Filipino couple was pilfered at NAIA 1

NO PILFERAGE? The Department of Transportation disputes a social media post on an alleged case of luggage theft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Image of NAIA Terminal 1 from Wiki Commons

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 6, 2017

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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As holiday season starts, Customs suspends revised balikbayan box rules

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The revised rules on balikbayan boxes are suspended until March 21, 2018

LIST: Customs-certified forwarding companies OFWs can tap

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Bureau of Customs urges Filipinos abroad to transact only with these certified deconsolidators

Recto asks Customs to amend new balikbayan box rules

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator warns that the BOC s new rules might make the balikbayan boxes vulnerable to theft and pilferage

AMEND NEW RULES. Senator Ralph Recto says pasting a detailed list of content on the balikbayan boxes might make it vulnerable to theft.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Tax on Valentine's?

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers questions about donor s tax sending gifts to loved ones through balikbayan boxes and value added tax

PH customs seeks Malaysia's help in smuggled diamonds probe

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:09 PM

The Bureau of Customs says it is asking Kuala Lumpur for information on the business of the personalities and companies involved as well as the legality of their stay

At least 22 pieces of allegedly stolen diamonds were found inside a balikbayan box.

‘Stolen’ diamonds seized in balikbayan box

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The 22 pieces of allegedly stolen diamonds are found inside a balikbayan box from Malaysia

New customs rule: No opening of balikbayan box unless receiver is present

Dec 23, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Leave the balikbayan boxes alone They are a privilege accorded to OFWs Do not disrespect the law Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon tells customs inspectors

Delayed balikbayan box delivery? Here are the possible causes

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:00 PM

To figure out what might have happened and what you can do it might help to understand first the long journey balikbayan boxes go through

Things to know about balikbayan boxes

Dec 13, 2016 - 7:46 PM

When do most Filipinos send balikbayan boxes? Where do most balikbayan boxes come from? Find out here:

Balikbayan boxes tax-free starting Christmas

Dec 10, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Balikbayan boxes sent by qualified Filipinos abroad will be duty and tax free starting Christmas Day December 25

On balikbayan boxes: Why not implement tax exemption ceilings now?

Nov 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Hindi kasalanan ng mga OFWs natin kung natagalan ang pagbuo ng impementing rules for the CMTA says Senator Ralph Recto

Senator Ralph Recto said that the Bureau of Customs must already implement the new tax exemption ceilings for balikbayan boxes, in accordance with the new Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, even with the absence of implementing rules and regulations. Photo of Recto by Camille Elemia; balikbayan box by Bureau of Customs

Implement new tax exemption rules on balikbayan boxes – Angara

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Sonny Angara says this will help overseas Filipino workers OFWs sending home goods for Christmas

TAX EXEMPTION. A new law imposes a higher tax exemption ceiling on balikbayan boxes. File photo from the Bureau of Customs

High-caliber firearms found inside balikbayan box – Customs

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:35 PM

The Bureau of Customs intercepts high caliber firearms smuggled into the country from the US through a balikbayan box

Customs launches Balikbayan Tax Calculator app

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:17 PM

The application estimates the amount of custom duties and taxes Filipinos will need to pay for sending items home

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

Aquino signs law increasing tax-exempt value of balikbayan boxes

May 31, 2016 - 7:04 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III signs the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act which is expected to reduce corruption in the Bureau of Customs as well as technical smuggling in the country

GOOD FOR OFWS. With the new law, OFWs will now pay less whenever they send balikbayan boxees to their loved ones in the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

How presidential bets plan to empower OFWs

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:14 PM

Where do Jejomar Binay Rodrigo Duterte Grace Poe Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor Santiago stand on important OFW issues? Find out here

How presidential bets plan to solve NAIA, balikbayan box issues

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:27 PM

We list down how each of the presidential candidates plans to solve the major issues that overseas Filipinos faced in 2015

Senate approves customs modernization act

Jan 18, 2016 - 9:47 PM

The act will modernize and digitize procedures raise tax exemptions on balikbayan boxes and raise penalties for smuggling

The OFW Christmas list

Dec 17, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Instead of resenting them for being away OFWs hope their families realize their lack of choice

Record Customs deficit for Aquino admin in August

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:54 PM

The Bureau of Custom’s deficit of P9 1 billion 194 7 million in August came as 13 out of 17 districts recorded shortfalls

No record of balikbayan boxes being used for smuggling – Marcos

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:27 PM

The senator also asks Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to apologize to OFWs over the bureau s significant lapses on the issue of balikbayan boxes

BALIKBAYAN BOX HEARING. Sen. Sonny Angara, chairman of the committee on ways and means (3rd from left), together with Sen. Grace Poe (left); Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto (2nd from left); Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano (4th from left); and Sen. Cynthia Villar (right) on Thursday, September 3, 2015, ask officials of the Bureau of Customs during a public inquiry about its new policy of opening balikbayan boxes on the suspicion these are used to smuggle drugs and firearms. Photo by Albert Calvelo/PRIB

De Lima on INC, Customs rules, police on migrants | 12PM wRap

Sep 03, 2015 - 12:35 PM

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Customs releases revised rules, regulations on balikbayan boxes

Sep 02, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The order shall take effective immediately and states that in case a balikbayan box is placed under alert it will be subjected to 100 physical examination

The failure of the #balikbayanbox warning

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:30 PM

This recent BOC debacle reveals the shallow understanding of and appreciation for the country’s modern day heroes

HK OFWs protest extra charges on balikbayan boxes

Aug 28, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Vicky Casia Cabantac chairperson of Migrante Partylist HK says Aquino s backtracking on random inspection of balikbayan boxes will not soothe the anxiety of Filipino migrants

Customs chief: ‘Amend law, modernize BOC’

Aug 28, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The government turned a blind eye in recognition of our OFWs OFW Partylist Representative Roy Seneres says in defense of the Customs chief

#PugadBaboy: B-boxes punchline 3

Aug 28, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: B-boxes

Aug 28, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: B-boxes punchline 2

Aug 28, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Protestors call for Customs chief Lina's resignation

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:55 PM

“I serve at the pleasure of the President Lina says replying to resignation calls

The real contents of a balikbayan box

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:00 AM

An OFW mom sniffs the clothes and embraces them as she puts them in the box as if she is sending off her hugs and kisses to her babies who sadly won t receive her touch

The #Balikbayan box and the stubborn Bureau of Customs

Aug 25, 2015 - 7:44 PM

The bureau must learn from this experience that its uncompromising hard stance did no good

Balikbayan boxes, Goldilocks for Makati, SG elections | 6PM wRap

Aug 25, 2015 - 6:35 PM

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How Aquino caved in to online rage vs balikbayan box rules

Aug 25, 2015 - 5:00 PM

How social media set the tone of public opinion on the balikbayan box issue leading to a change in customs policy

Roxas' campaign, Aquino on Customs, Bersamin vs Leonen | 12PM wRap

Aug 25, 2015 - 12:24 PM

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Recto's balikbayan box bill to increase tax exemption to $2,000

Aug 24, 2015 - 10:33 PM

The proposed law seeks to exempt the tax exempt value of the contents of a balikbayan box to 2 000 from the current 500

Ang una kong balikbayan box

Aug 24, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Kasama sa daan daang balikbayan box na pinapadala araw araw ay ang nakakahon na ring pagtingin sa lahat ng mga Pinoy na nag a abroad – asensado sosyal at ma pera

Aquino stops 'physical' check of balikbayan boxes

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:00 PM

2ND UPDATE President Aquino instructed the customs bureau Monday night that only in cases where there are derogatory findings from the X ray or K 9 examination will there be a physical inspection of goods

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the project briefing on the major infrastructure projects in the Province of Cebu at the Equipment Management Division of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region VII in Sergio Osmena Boulevard corner V. Sotto, Cebu City on Monday (August 24, 2015). (Photo by Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO)

Duterte on Customs' balikbayan box plan: Insensitive, callous

Aug 24, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Those balikbayan boxes are sacred Nobody should be allowed to make a mockery of this sentimental bond between a foreign worker and his family back home says the Davao City mayor

DUTERTE'S OPINION. This is a file photo of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in General Santos City during the 9th National Palm Oil Congress. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Why the Bureau of Customs opens your #BalikbayanBox

Aug 24, 2015 - 7:20 AM

Customs commissioner Bert Lina speaks up on the controversy surrounding the pilferage of items in balikbayan boxes

No tax increase on balikbayan boxes – Customs

Aug 23, 2015 - 3:16 PM

The strict compliance reminder of the Bureau of Customs is to ward off smugglers but Senator Ralph Recto urges other move than nitpicking on balikbayan boxes

NO INCREASE. There is no tax increase on balikbayan boxes but strict compliance is needed.

OFWs: Hands off our balikbayan boxes!

Aug 23, 2015 - 12:31 AM

UPDATED OFWs turn to social media to express their disappointment and complaints about items in their balikbayan boxes that were reportedly stolen or damaged upon inspection

OFW groups seek dialogue with BOC on balikbayan boxes

Aug 22, 2015 - 11:05 PM

OFW groups wish to remind the Bureau of Customs that the balikbayan box is their expression of love to their families back home the product of their hard work in a foreign land

BALIKBAYAN BOXES. The Bureau of Customs are allowed to inspect boxes sent from Filipinos working abroad. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

'BOC reminder on balikbayan boxes vs smugglers, not OFWs'

Aug 22, 2015 - 6:08 PM

Malacañang gives the assurance as it urges OFWs to give the government feedback on the Bureau of Customs stricter rules on balikbayan boxes

BALIKBAYAN BOXES. The Bureau of Customs are allowed to inspect boxes sent from Filipinos working abroad. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Recto to BOC: Use CCTV for balikbayan box inspections

Aug 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM

With a P3 2 billion 68 55 million budget Senator Ralph Recto says Customs will not have a hard time procuring a closed circuit television CCTV system

EASY TO PROCURE. Senator Recto says BOC cannot make excuse that CCTVs would be hard to buy, as shops on Raon Gonzalo Puyat Street and Binondo district are filled with these products

'Don’t abuse balikbayan box privileges' – Customs

Aug 19, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The Philippine Bureau of Customs BOC reminds Filipinos abroad to follow rules on sending balikbayan boxes

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