Bureau of Customs
MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro has fired eight district collectors of the agency for failing to follow his orders to stop corruption and the benchmarking within the ports they were overseeing.
Among those sacked include the district collectors of the ports of Cebu, San Fernando, Limay, Iloilo, Subic, Legazpi, Zamboanga and Appari.
Also relieved were 30 section chiefs of the formal entry division of the Port of Manila and Manila International Container Port. They were transferred to various provincial collection district of the agency.
“If they are unable to hit the target, say, the collection was too low, that’s one reason for the relief. And if I see from the computer data, that’s another reason for the relief, if they continue to practice benchmarking, because my guidance is correct valuation,” BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said.
The vacant positions will be filled in by the personnel selected by Lapeña from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
They will be in charge of the supervision of the Account Management Office, Import Assessment Services and Administration Office of the BOC.
Meanwhile, during the flag raising on Monday, the BOC Chief led the oathtaking of 560 promoted employees of BOC.
In his speech, Lapeña urged the employees to further improve their performance and to not use their position for personal interests.
“No more tara, no more take, no more gift, no more send-off gifts, and we go by the correct valuation of the content of the shipment,” Lapeña said.
He also plans to hire more employees to hasten the services the BOC provides.
There are currently more than 3,000 vacant positions at BOC. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue