Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rozzano “Ruffy” Biazon dared all district ports in the country to replicate the achievement by the Porat of Batangas (POB), recently granted by an international body with a certification that made it “world class.”
The commissioner hurled the challenge during the ceremony as he witnessed the formal granting of the “ISO” (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2008 to POB.
ISO certification officials of Technicher Ubervachungs Verein Sicant eventuddeutchland (TUV-SUD) led by country manager Engr. Elaine Daylo attended the event.
The POB is the first customs office in the country that successfully complied with the ISO’s internationally accepted standards on “quality management systems,” it was learned.
“If the Port of Batangas can do it, why can’t the other district offices do it?” dared Biazon as he expressed confidence that other district ports all over the country can possibly achieve the feat.
The BOC chief congratulated the port officers and employees headed by Port Collector Rene Benavides for the latest accomplishment, which he said will inspire other district offices to follow suit.
This achievement made by the Port of Batangas would also help get rid of the stigma after the port was linked to the missing 2,000 container vans controversy in 2011, Biazon said.
“The awarding of ISO 9001:2008 to the Port of Batangas also manifests the start of revolutionary reforms in the BOC towards providing quality service at its highest level,” the Customs chief declared.
Meanwhile, Biazon, an ex-member of the House of Representatives being the Muntinlupa City representative , is planning to ask his former colleagues to amend irrelevant provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) to boost the Aquino government’s “Tuwid na Daan” campaign against smuggling.
“No less than our President Noynoy Aquino who has been aggressive in the campaign against all forms of smuggling activities and we can be more successful and effective against this decades-old problem as soon as amendments are made,” Biazon said.
He stressed that those who engage in smuggling have already learned how to circumvent the law and even how to use the law to their own advantage.
Thus, it is high time that the antiquated law is revisited and revised, the commissioner said.
Biazon had earlier led this year’s biggest destruction so far of fake high-end brands amounting to P300 million that were confiscated by operatives of the Intellectual Property Rights Division.
“We will not allow the Philippines to be a dumping ground of counterfeit goods, if only to enhance the country’s competitiveness as an investor-friendly nation,” Biazon said.