Biazon starts streamlining Bureau of Customs personnel; removes non-organic, redundant positions

October 26, 2011 10:15 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 26 — Customs Commisioner Ruffy Biazon has started to implement reform programs starting with the Bureau's personnel.

A memorandum streamlining the Bureau's personnel through elimination of redundant positions and removal of non-organic personnel was recently issued in line with the reform program.

Biazon has directed the conduct of headcount of their personnel, including those who were hired on a contractual basis.

He stressed that "we can only implement real reforms in the Bureau if we start by cleaning our own backyard. "

"So long as there are people who are not accountable for their deeds in the Bureau and yet are allowed access to vital government information and documents, the BOC will always be placed in a situation," he said.

The Customs chief pointed out that there is a need "to establish the responsibilities and accountabilities to avoid confusion which is being exploited by smugglers."

He disclosed the practice in the Bureau of transferring people outside of their mother unit without filing the necessary Customs Personnel Order (CPO).

He said this practice has resulted to the creation od redundant functions as well as crossing of jurisdictional boundaries that resulted to big problems for the Bureau.

He has early on vowed to meet their collection goals as well as succeed in the drive against smuggling.

"Our vision of a truly reformed BOC may still be a long way ahead, but we can start that tedious trip towards the 'Matuwid na Daan' (Straight Path) type of governance in our own backyard today," he added. (PNA) DCT/JS/utb

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