You guys probably seen the Philippine news lately regarding the shipment of the balikbayan boxes problems. It’s been really a big controversy here in the Philippines and all through out the world wherever the Filipino community lives. Really at first when I saw the picture of a guy on the thread on FB with a guy’s half body with a snake or a crocodile, I though it’s a big joke or another movie/comedy here in the PI. Ha ha ha, I was just so naive that I didn’t know it’s already been a serious topics with the OFW and the Filipino living abroad.
I guess the head of the customs here wants to tax more on the balikbayan shipments. Also they want a thorough inspection. The problems and complaints of the OFW and the Filipinos with the “thorough inspections” the inspector will not put back the items that they’re inspecting into the boxes. The accusation of the people now is that the inspectors pocket a lot of the good items that the inspector saw in the box. I’ve seen one FB thread “that some of the customs officers opens the balikbayan box and if those customs officers saw some goodies that they liked inside the box, they will take it”. They showed on the thread the good and nice gadgets and electronics stuff that were taken out from the boxes by people from the customs.
Here some link to the news: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/116428/video–boc-raises-hackles-with-balikbayan-box-inspection-rule
Seeing those post of the OFW that saying that they’re boxes were open and the stuff inside were stolen. It’s heartbreaking. Some of my friends that’s OFW and some that were living abroad, they’re joking about their boxes that they’re sending and on the way to their families here in the PI, they’re just really hoping that their boxes will arrived here in the Philippines and the boxes still intact. They said they are hoping that those customs officers will leave their boxes alone, because they paid big money for the content of the boxes and they already paid the shipment and they did declare the proper content of the box.
To be honest some people really made fun of it, and some are really very funny. Even the local TV shows here made fun on it. I’m pretty sure that the customs people were not laughing about it. If I were them they should solve this problem soon because it’s really damaging to them. I can’t blamed the people that really complained about their boxes my gosh they were saving to buy those stuff for their families here and some people will just get it co’z they liked it. So everyone are just hoping that the boxes should be deliver to the address that were name in the boxes and it should be remain sealed as it is.
Some more news about the balikbayan box: http://philnews.ph/2015/09/03/boc-chief-bert-lina-apologized-to-ofw-for-the-balikbayan-box-controversy/
I was talking to Aaron about the brouhaha here with the balikbayan boxes. Now he seems a bit worried I think. Aaron will be coming home soon and before he leaves the USA, he is intending to send his stuff through balikbayan boxes. How he’s a bit hesitant of sending his boxes but I told him that I think it’s okay to send. Crossing my fingers. He will be sending boxes for sure because we are going to get some stuff that we want from there and he will send that through balikbayan box. I will definitely post here for update with the boxes. LOL
If your boxes were open and stuff was stolen or if your boxes arrived safely feel free to share your thoughts here.