With an increasing incidents where freight forwarders loss or fail to deliver cargo freights from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to their families in the Philippines, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with the initiative of DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, intensifies its campaign on balikbayan box shipments.
One incident in Abra where OFWs had sought the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation to recover their packages sent by relatives abroad which were not delivered by the freight forwarders prompted this move by the government.
Secretary Gregory Domingo directed all their provincial offices to step up the campaign on balikbayan boxes shipment so that families of OFWs would not be deprived of the benefits of their hard-earned gifts of goodies.
OFW family members need to be more vigilant and seek the services of freight forwarders that are legitimate and are accredited with the DTI’s Philippine Shippers’ Bureau (DTI-PSB) – DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo
OFWs sending packages should first see the list of the accredited sea freight forwarders and monitor alerts and advisories from the DTI before sending their packages in order to avoid becoming victims of unscrupulous businessmen doing monkey business of taking advantage on the OFWs.
As of September 30, 2013, the DTI-PSB has 600 registered and accredited sea freight forwarders.