Morales bids goodbye to Customs employees

June 21, 2010 9:48 pm 

MANILA, June 21 – Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales advised his successor to brace himself for a tough job he’ll be facing as the new head of the bureau.

“I am ready now to pass on the burden, and the honor, to whoever would bear next the weight of the commissionership. I pray that whoever my successor would be, he would care for the bureau like family and put the bureau's vision and welfare of my Customs family first above all,” he said, in a farewell speech during the flag ceremony Monday morning at the BOC main office in Manila.

Morales is set to leave his post before his co-terminus appointment ends by June 30.

During the event, he accepted a plaque of appreciation from port collectors and his assistants for the service in the bureau in the last four decades.

“After 42 years, I feel that I have made my stone a solid foundation in the bureau. Edges worn out by friction and work but substance hardened by pressure and time…It starts and ends with the end goal of making my mark in the bureau,” part of his speech said.

Morales also wishes his successor good luck to be able to meet the revenue target for the remaining months of the year until 2011 when the agency was tasked to collect more than P300 billion.

He also acknowledged all the employees of the bureau for doing all their best to be able to achieve their goal.

“I have seen the capacity of these ladies and gentlemen you now house they have the drive to excel and I know that they will keep burning the flame of service for you, my beloved aduana,” Morales said.

Meanwhile, the event also announced the promotion of some Customs officials. (PNA)

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