Nationals from Philippines who are living abroad have a new regulation to follow hence forth. The new rule is regarding the 'balikbayan boxes' send by Filipino expats to their home country. These boxes usually contain presents that many Filipinos send across to their family and friends living in the Philippines. According to the new rule, the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) should provide the Philippine Bureau of Customs with a list of items that the 'balikbayan box' contains.
There hasn’t been an official announcement yet on when the rules will be implemented. But some sources say that the rules will come into effect from August 1. But the Philippines-based news portals like the Manila Bulletin is of the opinion that the new regulations will come into effect from October.
By Neetu George