• 12 port collectors heed Biazon directive, submit resignations

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    12 port collectors heed Biazon directive, submit resignations

    At least seven district and five sub-port collectors of the Bureau of Customs have submitted their resignation as of Saturday.

    Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Friday ordered all port collectors to hand in their courtesy resignations by Monday to give him a free hand in reforming the corruption-plagued bureau.

    The district collectors are Rogel Gatchalian of Port of Manila, Edward dela Cuesta of Cebu, Oswaldo Geli of Surigao, Eduard James Dybuco of Davao, Adelina Molina of Subic, Ronnie Silvestre of Clark, Pampanga and Darwisha Shuck of Zamboanga.

    Gatchalian said he resigned to disprove the allegation that he is being protected by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

    The sub-port collectors who tendered their resignation as well were Noah Dimaporo of Harbor Center, Jemima Sy-Flores of North Harbor, Josefa Villasenor of Nasipit, Pendatum Alim of Dadiangas, and Pedro Quiñones of Parang.

    Biazon said that after all collections have handed their resignations the positions would be declared vacant.

    He issued the directive three days after President Benigno Aquino 3rd lashed at the bureau in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) for failing to uproot corruption.

    He made it clear that any Customs reorganization is subject to the approval of Department of Finance.

    JOHANNA M. SAMPAN

     

     

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    1. I have been to the port of Togoloan near Cagayan de Oro. As our ship was of foreign registry, we needed to be cleared by local customs, health and port officers in order to discharge our cargo.
      It was my first time to experience the so called Philippine customs “clearance” procedure wherein the customs officers checked the ship’s bonded store and carted away 25 realms of Marlboro cigarettes, 25 bottles of mixed liquors and 10 casks of 5 liter foreign wines.
      They are on a shopping spree when they board each vessel for “inspections”. It is very shameful as most ships have mixed crews of Filipinos and other nationalities.
      You can not see this kind of inspections in other ports of the world, truly you can say “ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES” but you would never be proud of it!

    2. A complete background check of those who will apply to positions left vacant in the BOC should be done. Applicants’ excellent record of public service, their honesty and integrity must be part of the strict guidelines in the selection process. Every 2 years, there should be a lifestyle check of all BOC employees and to last until such time that trust rating in the BOC by the government and the people is fully restored.