Customs welcomes Duterte’s order to publish fund disbursements monthly

Published August 25, 2020, 6:47 PM

by Betheena Unite

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has welcomed President Duterte’s order to make public the fund disbursements of all government agencies every 15 days or monthly.
“We welcome the directive from the President,” Assistant Commissioner Vincent Philip Maronilla said when sought for reaction on the President’s recent pronouncement.
On Tuesday, August 25, Duterte required all government agencies to publish in newspapers how they spent their respective funds, including coronavirus response-related expenses. Government agencies are also ordered to publish notice of procurement and details about their suppliers for transparency and accountability.
“Transparency is always key in any anti-corruption effort. The BOC is open to any scrutiny of our disbursement process and has fully cooperated with the Commission on Audit in their regular check,” Maronilla said.
He also underscored that the Customs bureau has been continuously inspecting and validating the business standing of accredited importers and has published the results of such validation in the bureau’s webpage.
“We continuously engage our stakeholders and publish online and to the media all activities undertaken by BOC in furtherance to our effort to be a transparent, modern and credible customs administration,” Maronilla furthered.
Meanwhile, the bureau reported that it has released a total of 14,556 shipments of personal protective equipment since March.
As of August 23, yard utilization in main ports in the country like Port of Manila, Manila International Container Port, and Port of Batangas were at 67 percent, 63.37 percent, 47.97 percent, respectively.
Sasa Wharf in Davao’s yard utilization is at 14.89 percent, DICT in Panabo, Davao is at 87.07 percent, Ports of Cebu, Subic, and Cagayan de Oro are at 66 percent, 31 percent, and 51 percent, respectively.