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OFW groups favor Congress probes over BOC dialogue

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A coalition of OFW groups and advocates that have raised vigorous objections against the Bureau of Customs’ imposition of tighter controls over balikbayan boxes today welcomed the Senate and House hearings as a more appropriate platform for OFW concerns to be heard. John Bertiz, a former OFW and coalition spokesman, said leaders of the coalition forged a consensus that the ... Read More »

Ople Center seeks comprehensive review of balikbayan box memorandum

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  The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that specializes in labor migration issues, called for a comprehensive review of Memorandum Circular No. 7990 issued by the Bureau of Customs in 1990 that sets guidelines on the use of balikbayan boxes by overseas Filipinos. Susan Ople, the center’s founding president, noted that costs of goods here and abroad ... Read More »

Coalition of OFW groups seeks dialogue with BoC on policies concerning balikbayan boxes

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   A coalition of OFW groups and advocates urged the Bureau of Customs to hold a dialogue with the OFW sector prior to executing any moves in relation to the entry and delivery of balikbayan boxes to prevent its use by unscrupulous individuals. “Every balikbayan box is sacred to the OFW and his or her family. Pinaghirapang pag-ipunan at bilhin ... Read More »