The ‘pasalubong’ of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Hong Kong was confiscated at Clark International Airport because of alleged sanitary issues and to patronage the crops produced by the local farmers.
Juliet Torres arrived at the Clark International Airport with her pasalubong comprising of apples, oranges, grapes, and some vegetables. It was supposed to be for her family but it never reached them as it was confiscated at the airport.
According to Torres, this is not the first time that she brought such ‘pasalubong’ for her family in the Philippines. Last May, when she visited the Philippines, she also brought the same kind of stuff but was not taken at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Torres felt frustrated thinking that those fruits and vegetables were for her family so she decided to ask for help from the TV show, BITAG.
Ben Tulfo helped Torres and contacted the Bureau of Plant and Industry regarding the situation of the OFW. According to the said agency, bringing agricultural goods to the Philippines from another country is not allowed for sanitary reasons. These products do not have sanitary certificates and could spread plant diseases from another country if taken to the Philippines.
Additionally, the agency already summoned airlines to check such items before lettings the passengers ride the aircraft.