When Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, hit the country in 2013, it was one of the worst disasters that Filipinos have ever experienced. Help from other countries then started pouring in so victims can rebuild their lives.
However, these donations are now put into waste as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday destroyed four containers of goods in Mandaue City, Cebu, donated for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Donations from the United Kingdom, Norway, and Belgium, Norway were declared abandoned because donors did not pay the importation tax.
Foreign countries donated millions worth of relief goods last January 2014, but it was only neglected by the previous administration until it spoiled and went to waste due to delays.
Donations such as clothes, medical supplies, shampoos, soaps, and diapers, were supposed to be given to the victims four years ago. But since donors were still charged for payment of taxes from the Department of Finance, the items were not released when consignees didn’t pay.
Cebu Customs collector Elvira Cruz said:
“This was meant to be donated to the Yolanda victims … However, it was not processed because the donor did not want to pay taxes … it is such a waste.”
Considering the shipment arrived in Cebu in 2014, some of the canned goods were already expired upon inspection. The used clothes can’t be given to the Department of Social Welfare and Development since the Memorandum on the Acceptance of Forfeited Used Clothing has not yet been lifted in accordance with the Memorandum of previous DSWD secretary Dingky Soliman on August 8, 2011.
The bureau refused to release an estimation of the value of the destroyed items, as the consignees did not file an “import entry” that determines the value of shipped goods.
The BOC can destroy or condemn harmful and prohibited goods as stated under Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Man And His Rescued Kitten Become The Face Of Hurricane Florence
Not surprisingly, the kitten’s name is Survivor.
There is little doubt that Hurricane Florence is one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. However, the storm also brought out some truly unexpected heroes. A man and his rescued kitten made headlines when they were photographed taking a boat to safety in North Carolina. Not surprisingly, the two have become the hopeful faces of Hurricane Florence.
Robert Simmons Jr. is a resident of Bern, North Carolina. When Hurricane Florence hit, he initially wanted to stay at his house. However, he quickly reconsidered the idea when the waters started to reach waist-level. Simmons was one of the people who was rescued from Bern via boat. Interestingly, he also rescued a poor little kitten before leaving his home.
The photo of Simmons and his kitten perfectly captures the heartbreak caused by Hurricane Florence.
Weather Reporter Acts Like He’s Being Blown Away by Hurricane As Two Guys Casually Walk By
This guy deserves an Oscar!
When we’re watching the news, we want nothing more and nothing less than the facts. It is, however, an unfortunate truth that some media outlets out there add sensationalism in a bid to make their news a bit more interesting, perhaps?
This is exactly what we get in the video below as we see one weather reporter pretending to be being blown away by ‘strong winds’ as two guys in the background casualy walk by.
Reporting and acting skills in one!
Man Removed From Donald Trump Rally For Making Hilarious Faces
Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes, they wear plaid.
Sometimes actions speak louder than words. One young man proved that when he made hilarious faces at a recent Donald Trump rally. Although he was immediately removed from his spot right behind the president, "Plaid Shirt Guy" has been declared a hero on social media.
Donald Trump took the stage during the rally in Billings, Montana to address several issues. The president addressed his meetings with South Korea's Kim Jung-un and beating Hillary Clinton. Through it all, one man stood and reacted humorously to Trump's declarations.
Meet Plaid Shirt Guy, the man who was told to leave a Donald Trump rally.