DepEd receives 3,915 laptop computers from BoC
The Department of Education (DepEd) got the much-needed boost in its computerization program after it received 3,915 laptop computers from the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The computers are entry-level ASUS laptops that were smuggled into the country in 2011.
Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla said the laptops turned over to the DepEd are aimed for the benefit of public elementary and high schools nationwide.
“While the donation was approved in 2012, it took time to waive the storage, demurrage and other port charges,” he said.
Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), operator of the Port of Manila, and other concerned shipping lines waived their charges to expedite the donation and transfer of the laptop computers to DepEd.
These were seized from consignee, ORZA Marketing, after these were undervalued and misdeclared.
Section 2503 of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) mandates outright seizure and forfeiture in favor of the government if the discrepancy between what the importer declared and what was found by the customs examiners has a difference of over 30 percent in terms of value, volume or weight.
The BOC chief, however, chose to give the ASUS laptops to DepEd in support of its Computer Training and Educators and Resource for Students (CompuTERS) Program.
“It is our goal to expedite the disposition of forfeited items so that we can help decongest the ports and maximize returns—whether in terms of revenues or other non-monetary benefits—for our government and our people,” Sevilla said. (Raymund F. Antonio)