Newly appointed Customs Deputy Commissioners

On October 2, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III announced the appointment of five new Deputy Commissioners for the Bureau of Customs. Here is the list of the new appointees.

Deputy Commissioner, Assessment & Operations Coordinating Group

Agaton UveroAtty. Agaton Uvero

Atty. Agaton Uvero is an international trade, indirect tax (customs), logistics and supply chain expert.  He will head the Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group, which handles import valuation and classification; implementation of rules and regulations governing import assessment; processing of goods for exports, warehousing, auction and disposal; as well as port operations.

Atty. Uvero was formerly an international trade and customs consultant of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting, during which time he did consulting work for multinational companies in the Philippines and occasionally, across the Southeast Asia region. Since 2002, he has worked on various customs technical assistance programs funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  From 2007-2009, he was the Immigration-Customs-Quarantine (ICQ) project consultant of the Subic-Clark Economic Corridor (CDC/SBMA).

As a supply chain specialist, Atty. Uvero lectures at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business-CCE and Bayan Trade Academy on International Supply Chain Management. He is a sought-after resource expert and speaker on matters relating to customs audit issues, international trading practices and arrangements, logistics and ports strategy. He was also the legal director of the Association of Air Freight Forwarders in the Philippines (AFPI), the Philippine International Sea Freight Forwarders Association (PISFA) and the Port Users Confederation (PUC)—a confederation of various associations in the shipping, transport, customs bonded warehousing, forwarding, customs brokerage, electronics/semi-conductors, and other industries.

A lawyer and a licensed customs broker, he has degrees in Philosophy and Law from UP Diliman and is an alumnus of East West Center (Hawaii).  He has an Advance Certificate in International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (Adv.Cert.IPSCM) from International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO).

Atty. Uvero is a senior partner of Gaticales Uvero & Sto. Tomas Law Office, a firm providing international trade and customs advisory service for major companies in the Philippines.  He is also the President/CEO of Grupo Uvero, Inc.

Deputy Commissioner, Enforcement Group and Officier-in-Charge, Intelligence Group

Jessie Dellosa2General Jessie Dellosa AFP (ret)

Jessie Dellosa was Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from December 2011 to January 2013. He will head the Enforcement Group of the Bureau of Customs, exercising police authority at all ports, taking charge of customs border control, port security and communication, as well as inspection and monitoring of cargo. On a concurrent capacity, Gen. Dellosa will also act as head of the Intelligence Group, which gathers information related to customs and economic activities as well as smuggling operations.

Gen. Dellosa also headed the AFP Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) and was also Commanding General of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army as well as Commandant of Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy. He was also the Group Commander of Special Operation Task Group “Sulu” that was instrumental in the neutralization of Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Solaiman and the release of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham in 2007.

Gen. Dellosa is a graduate of Philippine Military Academy, class 1979. He has extensive military training both here and abroad on counter-terrorism,  peacekeeping operations and national security strategic studies, among others. He is also a recipient of the Philippine Legion of Honor, with the rank of Chief Commander, the highest award a president may bestow on a civilian or military officer without the approval of Congress. While on active military duty, Gen. Dellosa received the Distinguished Service Star, two Wounded Personnel Medals, two Gold Cross Medals, 39 Military Merit Medals, six Bronze Cross Medals, a Long Service Medal, a Marksmanship Expert Badge, an Outstanding Achievement Medal, and the PMA Alumni Association’s Cavalier Award for Combat Operations.

Deputy Commissioner, Revenue Collection Monitoring Group

Maria Edita TanMs. Maria Edita Tan

Maria Edita Tan was the Assistant Secretary and Officer-in-Charge of the International Finance Group of the Department of Finance (DOF). She has a solid experience in international financial cooperation, capital market development and development finance, having held various career positions at the DOF since 1992. She will head the Revenue Collection Monitoring Group, which is tasked to monitor and make a proper accounting of revenues collected of the Bureau of Customs; provide statistical information and analysis on revenue collections; and audit liquidated entries and bonds.

As Head of the International Finance Group of the DOF, Ms. Tan spearheaded the formulation and execution of policies and guidelines for foreign borrowings and official development assistance (ODA), and supervised the implementation of loans and grants that support the priority infrastructure projects and sectoral reform programs of the Philippine Government. She also represented the DOF and the Secretary of Finance in various policy and implementation boards including the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC), Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC), Capital Market Development Council (CMDC), the boards of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, Manila International Airport, and all housing agencies and councils including National Housing Authority (NHA), Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC), and Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

From January 2009 to February 2011, Ms. Tan was appointed as an Advisor to the World Bank Executive Director, where she was primarily responsible for the review, analysis, and preparation of position papers on important policy thrusts of the Bank, and facilitated Board approval and administration of WB funded programs in the constituency.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from De La Salle University, completed the Diploma Program of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines, and obtained a Master of Arts in Development Economics from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Deputy Commissioner, Internal Administration Group

Myrna ChuaMs. Myrna Chua

Ms. Myrna Chua has spent all of her professional life in the government, 37 years of which were with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). She will head the Internal Administration Group, which is tasked to plan and monitor the annual budget of the Bureau of Customs (BOC); track disbursements and expenditures; and manage the training, development and welfare of the entire workforce of the BOC.

Prior to her designation as Deputy Commissioner in the Bureau of Customs, Ms. Chua was  Director of the Organization, Position Classification and Compensation Bureau of DBM.  Rising from the ranks, she has occupied various positions of responsibility in both the budgeting operations and management improvement functions of the DBM. As part of the oversight functions of DBM, she was involved in the review of the organization and staffing of government agencies, and in the formulation of policies and guidelines on public sector compensation pursuant to the Salary Standardization Law.

Her training and experience center on public expenditure management, administrative systems improvement, as well as salary and benefits administration.

She has extensive participation in the DBM’s efforts in pursuing the results-based performance management and incentives system which aims to drive higher levels of performance of government institutions and employees.

Ms. Chua holds a Bachelors degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines, a Diploma course in Industrial Relations from the same university, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Deputy Commissioner, Management Information Systems & Technology Group

Primo AguasMr. Primo B. Aguas

Mr. Aguas has over 35 years experience in information technology both locally and overseas.  He will head the Management Informations Systems and Technology Group, spearheading the computerization and automation program of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Prior to his appointment to the BOC, Mr. Aguas was the the ASEAN Insurance Sales Leader for IBM, based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was also COO for the Shared Services Division of Hong Leong Assurance, Malaysia’s largest local composite insurer.  Mr. Aguas has also worked with Prudential Services Asia as General Manager of the IT Hub ; Regional Vice President at AIG Southeast Asia Ltd., covering both IT and Operations ; as well as local stints with First eBank as Chief Information Officer ; Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) as Information Technology Group Head ; and at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), as Principal and Head of the Financial Services Industry practice. He has been involved in formulating and executing IT strategies, management of large and complex IT applications development, support and infrastructure organizations and has worked primarily in the financial services industry, including IT consultancy outside the financial services industry.

Aside from Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Aguas has lived and worked in New York, Chicago, Hong Kong and Manila. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University