Malacanang approves BOC use of old offices for 111th anniversary

January 30, 2013 11:35 pm 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 30 — The Office of the President has approved the use of the Malacanang sa Sugbo at the Cebu Aduana as venue of the 111th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Customs on Feb. 6.

The approval was contained in the Jan. 17 memorandum of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon.

Ochoa furnished Undersecretary Lourdes Ong of the Internal House Affairs Office a copy of the memo.

Although Deputy Customs Commissioner Juan Lorenzo Tanada is the over-all chair of the BOC 111th Founding Anniversary, Port of Cebu District Collector Ronnie Silvestre was tasked by Biazon to handle preparations for the celebration.

This was reported as he reason why Biazon deferred the replacement of Silvestre by Collector Edward dela Cuesta. Dela Cuesta was supposed to replace Silvestre on Jan. 25.

Silvestre will take over dela Cuesta’s post at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

Silvestre has served as Cebu collector for about four years.

Silvestre, a lawyer, said guest of honor during he BOC anniversary celebration is Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.

The BOC along with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Treasury are under the Dept. of Finance.

Silvestre said Rep. Tomas Osmena (Cebu City, south district) will also be guest speaker.

During the anniversary celebration, Biazon will give the BOC’s annual report.

On the same occasion, the BOC will launch its special projects like the BOC Strategic Plan 2013-2016, the primer on Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement Rules of Origin for Stakeholders, the Super Green Lane and Global Positioning System.

Francisco Matugas II, chairman of he venue preparations committee at the Port of Cebu, said they will work on Malacanang sa Sugbo from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5.

Preparations will involve beautifying the interior and surroundings of the building.

The Malacanang sa Sugbo was known as the Customs Building when it was built by the Americans in 1910.

It housed the BOC Cebu offices until 2005, when the President Gloria Arroyo designated it as her Visayas office.

The BOC Cebu has asked President Benigno S. Aquino III for permission to return to the building, but Malacanang has yet to grant the request. (PNA)

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