BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte, April 28 (PIA) – – The National Tobacco Administration (NTA) has set up a tobacco monitoring point near the two major exits in Ilocos Norte to closely monitor the transport of tobacco outside the province.
According to NTA Ilocos Norte Officer-In-Charge Luzviminda U. Padayao, the two tobacco monitoring points are located in Nueva Era town for the Ilocos Norte-Abra boundary and in Badoc town for the Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur boundary.
“This initiative will help identify the accurate tobacco production data of every local government unit (LGU) in Ilocos Norte in which this is the basis for the distribution of an equitable share from the tobacco excise tax fund under Republic Acts 7171 and 8240,” Padayao said.
She said the monitoring points will serve as a protocol in ensuring that tobacco production in Ilocos Norte is properly documented, and in checking if the leaf buyers involved in the transport have proper documents issued by the NTA.
“We can also check if the leaf buyers involved in the transport have the certificate of authority to buy issued by the NTA,” she added.
She said the shippers of tobacco leaves must also present at the checkpoint the following documents: License/COA (certificate of authority), or proof of registration, Permit to Transport Certificates on Inspection Copies, Consolidated Purchase Invoice Vouchers (for Buying Stations), and Consolidated Certificate of Purchases (for field canvassers).
“ The passing-through trucks of tobacco in Badoc monitoring point are normally delivering to buying stations and other licensed buyers in Ilocos Sur and La Union,” she said.
The establishment of the tobacco monitoring point is realized with the partnership of the authorities from the provincial government of Ilocos Norte, the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, the NTA, and the local Philippine National Police (PNP). (JCR/FGL, PIA 1 with reports from the NTA)