By Raymund Antonio
Wanting to set direction of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the new year, Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has laid down the cornerstone of his stewardship in an effort to improve the agency’s operations.
Guerrero spoke before officials and employees during the BOC New Year’s Call on Friday about his 10-point reform plan for 2019, which is seen to open a “new chapter for improved operations and better performance” in the bureau.
His priority program targets to enhance the BOC’s information and technology system, facilities, cargo clearance, and examination capabilities, fill up vacant plantilla positions, and restructure the organization.
Guerrero, a former military chief, said they would like to enhance intelligence and enforcement capabilities, codify and harmonize implementing rules and regulations, administrative and memorandum orders.
Also included were provision of incentives for Customs employees, creation of a quality management system & integrity system, and pursuing the passage of Customs-related legislative measures.
The commissioner said his meeting with officers and personnel as part the BOC New Year’s Call was “a step forward in the bureau’s collective effort to reform and transform.”
He underscored the importance for everyone to focus on the 10-point priority program this year since it is anchored on improving organizational efficiency, upgrading individual proficiencies, and strengthening institutional capabilities.
“We are taking the lessons learned and putting them to work, for the development of the bureau in the short-term and over the long haul,” Guerrero said.
While the BOC chief bared his priority program, he was up to the challenge to collect a higher revenue goal of P667 billion this year.
The BOC, the government’s second biggest revenue-generating agency, is tasked by the Development Budget Coordination Committee to collect an additional of P82 billion in revenues for 2019.
DBCC is inter-agency body, which determines the revenue target of BOC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
“The bottomline is clear: our targets can be achieved and surpassed with professionalism, integrity and teamwork,” Guerrero said.
Apart from the New Year’s Call, Guerrero, along with other bureau officials, met with several stakeholders on January 15 to develop a harmonious working relationship towards a better trading environment in the country.