The Bureau of Customs donated 3,915 laptop computers to the Department of Education (DepEd).
BOC chose to donate the laptops to support DepEd’s Computer Training and Educators and Resource for Students (CompuTERS) Program.
The program aims to provide computer access for 20 million students and more than 600,000 teachers across the country.
“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,” Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla said.
These entry-level ASUS laptops were seized from ORZA Marketing for mis-declaration last December 2011.
“While the donation was approved in 2012, it took time to waive the storage, demurrage and other port charges,” customs commissioner said.
Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), operator of the Port of Manila, and the concerned shipping lines waived their charges to expedite the donation and transfer of the laptops to DepEd.
Section 2503 of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines mandates outright seizure and forfeiture in favor of the government if the discrepancy between what the importer declared and the assessment of customs examiners has a difference of over 30% in terms of value, volume or weight.