Vacant Customs posts to be filled

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad directed the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday to fill a total of 2,823 funded technical and support-to-technical positions in the bureau to push for a revamp, and efficient and improved customs duties collection.

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In a statement, Abad said that the vacant and funded positions in the bureau’s central office, ports and collection districts should be filled to “facelift” revenue collections and economic competitiveness, and expand existing and new international airports.

“We gave the Customs bureau the proper authority to fill several key positions that would support the efficient and improved collection of customs duties, taxes, fees and penalties . . . We also recognize the need to hire additional customs personnel to ensure the smooth operations of the bureau and improve its collection services,” the budget chief said.

“More important, however, is the reform component in supporting the BOC’s staffing requirements. By filling up vacancies and finding the right talent to fill some very important positions in Customs, the bureau can bring greater momentum to their efforts at reforming itself,” he added.

The improvement of international airports is in line with the Aquino administration’s tourism development agenda.

The Department of Budget and Management’s order for additional employment in the BOC, approved in December last year, will be funded by the personnel services fund of the government. The agency added that the fund source would not “entail additional budgetary release.”

“Our growing investments in infrastructure and our efforts at advancing economic expansion is in keeping with our thrust for inclusive growth, as well as our broader strategy for creating more development opportunities in the country.

As part of our economic development plan, we are steadfast in heeding the call of the people for more job opportunities and sustainable livelihood,” Abad said.

Vacant positions in the BOC include customs collectors responsible for assessment and collection of revenues under tariff and customs laws; special investigators, police and intelligence officers tasked to gather information linked to customs and economic activities; as well as technical positions such as accountants, computer maintenance staff, programmers, information technology officers, statisticians and lawyers.

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