By Betheena Kae Unite
Newly minted Customs guards will have to undergo a 27-day training before assuming their post in a bid to enhance their management and technical skills, the Bureau of Customs announced recently.
The Bureau of Customs has launched the Basic Course on Cargo Security Management which will be participated in by the 210 newly hired Customs Guards through the collaborative efforts of the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) and Interim Training and Development Division (ITDD).
The new Customs guards, according to the bureau, shall undergo the training in three separate batches. Under the basic course, trainees will have to attend lectures on cargo handling and security to provide them the basic knowledge and physical training to improve competence in actual exercise of their duties and responsibilities.
First batch of the Customs guards, consisting of 70 trainees, started the basic course supervised by the officers from ESS and ITDD on Tuesday.
“The program aims to ensure that the newly hired Customs guards possess basic knowledge and competence specifically in cargo security and port operations,” the bureau said in a statement.
The remaining two batches, on the other hand, are scheduled to undergo the same course in the coming months.
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said that by implementing the program, the bureau “aims to further bolster its commitment to cargo and border security through the deployment of well trained highly skilled Customs personnel.”