MANILA, Philippines --- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday says it is processing the early release of shipments of face masks amid the rising demand due to the threat of COVID-19.
"With the increasing demand for face/surgical masks brought about by the COVID-19 epidemic, the Bureau of Customs remains at service to the public as it ensures prompt processing and release of face/surgical masks," it said in a statement on Friday.
The BOC said it has been speeding up the release of the shipments since the discovery of the disease.
BOC records show that 210 cartons, 10 boxes, five packages, and 115 pieces of face masks were released from the bureau since January.
In Port of Davao, 210 cartons and five packages of face masks were released in January.
"Another 10 boxes and 115 pieces of face/surgical masks were also released on February 12, 2020 from the Port of NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)," according to BOC.
"The improved processing in importations of face/surgical masks is part of the Bureau's commitment to serve the public interest and provide them with immediate assistance and support as it continues to perform its mandate of facilitating trade, strengthening border protection and collecting revenues," the BOC said.