THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Clark has donated 6,357.8 liters of diesel fuel to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) last July 8, 2022.

The bureau stated that the donated fuel will provide additional resources to support maritime operations.

The turn-over of the "unmarked fuel" was conducted at the Port of Clark compound.

Attending on behalf of PCG is Task Unit One Stop Shop Subic Commander Eunica Marie Tomioka while the BOC was represented by District Collector Alexandra Lumontad.

Also present during the event were Deputy Collector for Operations Jesus Llorando, Auction and Cargo Disposal Unit Chief Eleazar Rabanes and representatives from the BOC Enforcement & Security Service (ESS) and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS).

The fuel was seized by the Port of Clark in September 2021 through the implementation of Letter of Authority (LOA) issued by Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

A decision was issued by the port declaring the shipment forfeited in favor of the government for violation of Section 7 of DOF-BOC-BIR Joint Circular 001.2021, prescribing the Implementing Guidelines for Field Testing under the Fuel Marking Program.

Through the provisions of R.A. No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and with the approval of the Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary, the donation intends to assist the PCG in its maritime search and rescue, safety and security operations.