SENATOR Ralph Recto is fearful that the brand new guidelines governing the sending of balikbayan field by abroad Filipinos may lead to “tampering and red tape.”
He deplored the alleged “unneeded, frivolous requirements” that abroad Filipino staff (OFWs) should observe in sending their balikbayan boxes.
Starting August 1, OFWs should paste a word of their balikbayan field itemizing its contents. They should additionally embrace contained in the field receipts of model new objects they’re sending and a replica of their passport.
“Ang pangamba nga ng isang OFW, kapag nilista, baka maraming matukso kasi parang sinulat mo na rin na ‘take me I’m yours’”, Recto mentioned.
“Dito sa Pilipinas, you can trust almost all of the forwarders to treat the box carefully because they have a business and reputation to protect. Pero kung paano in transit at wala pa sa jurisdiction ng Pilipinas?” he mentioned.
He added, “Yung mga unneeded, frivolous requirements na magpapahirap sa mga OFWs, tanggalin na ang mga ‘yan. Yung mga rules that will increase the vulnerability of the boxes being tampered with, out na rin dapat ‘yan.”