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PCG seizes 10 tons of 'ukay-ukay' at Balwarteco Port, Northern Samar

PCG seizes 10 tons of 'ukay-ukay' at Balwarteco Port, Northern Samar

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) intercepted a truck carrying approximately 10 tons of assorted used clothing, commonly known as "ukay-ukay," at the Balwarteco Port in Allen, Northern Samar, on April 20. Photo: PCG/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) made a significant interception on April 20, 2023, at the Balwarteco Port in Allen, Northern Samar. A truck carrying around 10 tons of used clothing, known locally as "ukay-ukay," was stopped on its way to Caloocan. 

PCG personnel from various units worked together to halt its progress and prevent the illegal activity from continuing.

After the interception, the PCG immediately notified the Bureau of Customs and collaborated to hand over the shipment for further investigation. An inventory of the contents was conducted to determine the nature of the assorted garments in the shipment, which is yet to be disclosed.

It should be noted that the sale of imported used clothing and other garments is illegal in the Philippines. They must be accumulated or sourced domestically to be sold legally. This is based on Republic Act No. 4653 or the "An Act to Safeguard the Health of the People and Maintain the Dignity of the Nation by Declaring it a National Policy to Prohibit the Commercial Importation of Textile Articles Commonly Known as Used Clothing and Rags."

Authorities are working relentlessly to ensure that the items are disposed of appropriately in accordance with regulations. The trade-in of used clothing has long been a concern in the Philippines and has the potential to negatively impact the growth of the domestic textile industry, with significant economic implications.

This interception highlights the PCG's commitment to combating illegal activities and protecting the country's economic interests. It also serves as a reminder to the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities promptly. —iTacloban

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