Customs Plans to Donate Confiscated Gadgets to DepEd for Distance Learning

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The Bureau of Customs plans to donate confiscated gadgets to the Department of Education (DepEd) for its distance learning program. Other goods will also be donated to the DepEd and other government agencies that can benefit from these items.

Often referred to simply as ‘Customs’, it is a government agency tasked to prevent smuggling and entry of prohibited goods into the country. It is an agency attached to the Department of Finance (DOF).

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It is part of Customs’ duty to confiscate prohibited items or seize goods that are wrongfully declared by the importers. Because the government collects taxes on these imported goods based on their value, many importers try to declare the items to be of much lesser value than they actually are. Also, many declare the goods to be something else.

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In the past, these seized goods are often destroyed by Customs to served as warning to these scrupulous importers. Even expensive items like gadgets, cars, and various luxury items were often destroyed to prevent the smugglers from trying to dupe the government again.

Despite that being the practice, a lot of netizens had always thought that destroying these food, clothes, gadgets, and various items is unnecessary. After all, there are millions of Filipinos who don’t have enough food or clothes; surely, they can benefit from these items.

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Recently, however, the agency has changed its mind about destroying the confiscated items. In fact, they are now conducting an inventory of the confiscated gadgets so these could be properly turned over to other government agencies like the DepEd.

The seized goods include laptops, flash drives, hard drives, smartphones, LED computer monitors, printers, routers, pocket WiFis, and computer tablets. There are also educational books, school bags, and shoes.

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Customs is also coordinating with the National Telecommunications Commission and the Optical Media Board to ensure that these goods pass the minimum standards and are safe for the recipient students or teachers to use.

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The plan to give these gadgets for DepEd’s distance learning program was met with happiness by netizens because many students are struggling with online school because they don’t have gadgets.

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