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OFWs appeal to Bureau of Customs new Balikbayan Box Tax Rule


 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the globe and their families in the country are appealing to the Bureau of Customs headed by Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to stop implementing new Balikbayan Box Tax Rule where customs officials are allowed to open and inspect incoming balikbayan boxes for taxable goods. This new rule, according to the Customs Chief Lina will prevent the abuse on sending items that ‘can well may be used for commercial purposes.’ “The contents of a balikbayan box must not exceed US$500.00 in value. Canned goods, grocery items and other household effects must not exceed a dozen a kind, while apparel, […]


A GrabTaxi Driver’s Open Letter to the Public


 It was just another ordinary day and the usual ride after I booked GrabTaxi from Quezon City to Ortigas. The ride was relatively smooth except for occasional minor bumps of traffic jams along the EDSA to Santolan highway. This has been a regular scenario though along EDSA. I engaged in a conversation with kuya Ferdinand, who drives ACA 5762, and asked him politely about his experience as a GrabTaxi driver. He told me that he is earning well, thanks to GrabTaxi, and he prides himself with take-home money that he spent to pay for his family’s personal expenses. It was just a casual talk, a regular […]