An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Hong Kong asked the help of RaffyTulfo in Action after the canned goods that she was carrying got confiscated by Customs officers.

A certain Norma Agtarap, an OFW from Hong Kong, was barred by the Bureau of Customs after she tried to bring canned goods for her consumption and ‘pasalubong’ while vacationing in the Philippines.

Agtarap particularly pointed out how hard it is to work from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. just to earn money to support her family in the Philippines. She brought those 30 canned goods but was broken-hearted upon knowing that she cannot pass through without surrendering the food items that she brought.

RaffyTulfo, on the other hand, sympathized on the woman who worked hard for those goods just to fall into the hands of customs officers.

Jaime Melo, OIC of Clark International Airport reasoned that they confiscated the canned goods following the order of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) through the mandate of Bureau of Agriculture regarding the spread of an epidemic called African Swine Fever (ASF) disease.

The confiscation of products and by-products is to ensure that the Philippines will maintain its standing as a country free from African Swine Fever. Unfortunately, meat products coming from Hong Kong are included in this ban.

However, RaffyTulfo pointed out that there are a lot of local supermarkets and stores selling the same goods like the one confiscated from the returning OFW. Tulfo said that if the ban must be implemented, it should include those individuals who import a huge number of these products to the country.

Tulfo called certain government agencies to keep an eye on these activities and not put the burden only to OFWs who worked so hard for every item they bring to the Philippines.

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