By Raymund Antonio
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is set to launch on Monday, June 17, its Modernized Information Systems that seek to promote “transparency” and “ease of doing business” in the agency.
The BOC, the government’s second biggest revenue earner, announced it will give an overview of the components of the new systems during the launch to be held at Rizal Park Hotel in Manila.
“The event will give guests an opportunity to get a better understanding of the latest systems through a live demo and hands-on demonstration,” BOC said in an advisory sent to media.
The launch will start at 2 p.m., with the theme, “The Improved BOC: Seamless and Simplified.”
BOC initiated the new modernization project in a bid to streamline processes and operations towards eliminating corruption in the bureau.
The project includes a systematic and modernized operation through the use of new computer system in all ports nationwide.
Among the computer systems that will be formally implemented this month are the Goods Declaration Verification System, Customs Care Portal (Ticketing System), and National Value Verification System.
The others are Document Tracking System, and the Office of the Commissioner Dashboard and Alert Order Monitoring System.
The systems are part of the bureau’s project designed to improve transparency and reduce opportunities for corruption, and provide seamless trade services with lesser human intervention.
“These will ensure simplified and accessible customs processes and services that will cater to the demands of the stakeholders and the public,” BOC said.
“All these reforms and innovations are expected to further improve revenue collection and increase business opportunities for the trade industry,” it added.
The project is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to get rid of all anomalous transactions in government, most especially the corrupt collection agencies.