DUTERTE WANTS BOC EMPLOYEES TO LIVE A SIMPLE LIFE

February 8, 2017 – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was pleased by the Bureau of Customs’ revenue collection performance from November 2016 to January 2017 and attributed the agency’s gains to the sacrifices of the agency’s workforce.

Addressing the BOC employees during the 115th BOC Founding Anniversary, Duterte said : “Be satisfied of what you have. Live within your means. Live a simple life.”

He said living an extravagant life was one of the reasons why government employees commit corrupt acts.

Duterte also said he was confident that the BOC would be able to get out of its old tag of being the “most corrupt’ agency in the bureaucracy.

The President likewise said he was pleased with the BOC performance, particularly in terms of revenue collections, and expressed the hope that more funds would be raised to finance the purchase of weapons for the modernization program of the military.

 

ONLINE SHOP DEPOT YIELDS CONTRABAND

 
    High-end communication and electronic gadgets worth P30 million and believed to be smuggled into the country were seized by agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in a raid at a building on Lakandula Street, Tondo, Manila recently.
 
    Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon reported that the  BOC acted on intelligence reports that an online shop identified as Kim Store has been selling imported high-end communications gadgets under suspicious importation schemes.
 
    “The BOC, under my watch, will often conduct raids in warehouses, storehouses, and depots, to combat the malpractice and related crimes, and finally jail perpetrators, once and for all,” Faeldon said.
 
    He added that extensive operations conducted by agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) led them to Kim Store depot in Tondo, Manila.
 
    CIIS Director Neil Estrella disclosed  that the seized items include a series of iphone 7 cellular phones, macbook laptops, galaxy cellular phones, nexus 6Ps, Zenfone 3 Ultra, Sony Xperia (pixel XL 32 GB), Canon Cameras, tablets and music players, audio accessories, gadgets for safety and security, among others.
 
    “There are plenty of cases where high-end communication and electronic gadgets are smuggled into the country through misdeclaration schemes, a top form of smuggling, used by smugglers to defraud and avoid paying duties and taxes to the government,” he said..“We are still validating other intelligence reports and will fully identify the real owners of Kim Store in the next few days,” .
 
    Intelligence Officer Joel Pinawin, leader of the raiding team, reported that the staff of Kim Store’s depot  failed to present import documents for their imported goods..
 
 
REFERENCE:
 
COL. NEIL ANTHONY L. ESTRELLA
Director, CIIS and BOC Spokesperson
Telephone: (02) 527-45-16
Cellular Number: 09185468500
 
Public Information & Assistance Division
Bureau of Customs
G/F OCOM Building, South Harbor (Port of Manila), Manila
(Landline) +632 5278259
(Email) customs_piad@yahoo. com.ph