Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary for Operations Monina Josefina Romualdez receives the donated bags of Alas Jasmine Fragrant Rice from Bureau of Customs-Port of Zamboanga (BOC-POZ) District Collector Arthur G. Sevilla Jr. last September 7.

The more than 42,000 bags of Jasmine Rice donated to the DSWD was part of the confiscated rice by the BOC-POZ following a raid on a warehouse in Barangay San Jose Gusu, Zamboanga City last May 19, 2023.

On September 1, the BOC-POZ issued an Order of Forfeiture for violating the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), Rice Tariffication Law, and Republic Act No. 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016.