WHILE facing controversies of corruption and nepotism, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) continues to do its job as it presented a shipment of smuggled goods with boxes of illegally imported medicines seized by the bureau on Monday.
Four container vans with P 45 M worth of smuggled products were seized during x-ray scanning by operatives of the BOC X-ray Inspection Project.
Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon, who was without his deputy commissioners, led the inspection of the seized goods, showing two brand new generators, twenty units of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), medicines not certified by the Bureau of Drug and Administration (BFAD) and various mass-produced clothes suspiciously for selling.
In a report, Biazon stated that it was Isidro Faderguya and 12:24 Cargo Express were the listed consignees of the two 20-footer container vans from Cambodia and Brunei that had boxes of paracetamol and analgesic medicines, as well as watches, bags, and shirts, among others, were declared as personal effects .
The other two containers were traced to Sharan Enterprise Inc as its consignees, with two brand new generator sets from China, and was declared as pliers, hand tools and generating sets accessories.
“I am interested in using these generators for the bureau. As I’ve said, we are pushing for modernization and we need these equipment for our IT system which is not included in the budget,” Biazon said, when asked of his intention to auction the items.
“The medicines we will have to clear it to BFAD before we can donate them to provinces,” he added.
He also stressed on the reforms in the bureau, where he made comments on the ‘major revamp’ he intends to do with the agency, starting off with the order for the district collectors and subport collectors to relinquish their post on or before Monday.
“This is an opportunity for everyone in the bureau to make history, let it stop here. The ones that need to be replaced in their posts will be replaced. Reform is not just changing faces of some officials, but it is also about boosting the morale and showing for the welfare of the bureau,” Biazon said.