Donated relief goods are exempted from import duties provided they are properly consigned to DSWD or to any DSWD-accredited organization. In addition, the exemption is granted through a documentation and recording process. It is the mandate of the Bureau of Customs to record all items imported into the Philippines.
Revenue collections by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) maintains double-digit growth for the third month in a row despite on-going changes at the agency. For the month of September alone, revenues generated by the BOC reached P25.841 billion, up 11.3% versus the same month in 2012.
Commissioner of Customs Rozzano Rufino Biazon stated that officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) who had been transferred to the Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO) must immediately report to that office following the decision of the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) denying a motion to block their transfer to the CPRO.
The reinvigorated anti-smuggling program of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has filed charges against two traders and two customs brokers today,October 17, 2013, for attempting to smuggle P60 million worth of “ukay-ukay” (used clothing). This is to send a strong message that the BOC will continue to aggressively pursue smugglers, especially those illegally importing used clothing, as it adversely affects the local garments industry.
Commissioner of Customs Ruffy Biazon on October 7, 2013, raised optimism on improving the Bureau of Customs (BOC) revenue collection performance with the assumption into office of the BOC’s five newly appointed deputy commissioners.
The overall reform program of the Bureau of Customs will not be significantly affected by the issuance of a 72-hour Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by Manila Regional Trial Court (MTC) Judge Marino De La Cruz Jr. on the implementation of Customs Personnel Order (CPO) no. B-189-2013 transferring all Collectors 5 and 6 of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to the newly created Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO) at the Department of Finance.
Drastic shifts in leadership, personnel, and processes are already taking place, as a result of the administration’s comprehensive reform agenda. The aim: to revitalize the bureaucracy, to uproot the culture of corruption, and to jumpstart a virtuous cycle of integrity and true public service in the BoC. The following is a QnA on some of these reforms.
A long history of backroom deals, institutionalized theft, and impunity has made the Bureau of Customs (BoC) one of the most prominent faces of corruption in government. This is beginning to change.
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.
For failure to declare their real properties and business interest in their respective Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs), three officials from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were adjudged guilty of violating Section 8 of Republic Act 6713, also known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”