The Bureau of Customs – Port of Tacloban (BOC-POT), headed by District Collector Francis Tolibas, started releasing balikbayan boxes to recipients residing in Region VIII.
The port received on 27 December 2022 a total of 70 balikbayan boxes bound for the families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were victims of unscrupulous consolidators. The boxes are part of the abandoned packages consigned to ALL Win Cargo LLC and Cargoflex Haulers Corporation.
Of the 70 balikbayan boxes delivered to the Port, 39 were successfully claimed by its consignees. The Port distributed the packages following the order of Customs Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz to deliver them free of charge to the families of OFWs.
The Port of Tacloban commits to immediately release the remaining balikbayan boxes in line with the directive of the President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to safeguard the interests and welfare of the OFWs.