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BOC creates regional risk management units

Mary Grace Padin - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has created new regional units to oversee the performance of district ports in monitoring cargos and implementing customs control measures.

Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has issued Customs Memorandum Order 23-2019, designating the Entry Processing Units (EPU) in every collection district as Regional Risk Management Units (RMU) under the BOC’s Risk Management Office (RMO).

“All collection district EPUs are hereby designated as regional RMUs and ad interim absorbed as line units under the RMO together with its personnel and property pending the reorganization of the BOC,” Guerrero said.

“The RMU shall function to monitor and ensure feedback on the performance of customs control treatments and interventions on cargo. This shall be executed in accordance with customs objectives and in pursuance of improving the cargo selectivity system,” he said.

CMO 23-2019 was released in compliance with Section 5 of Executive Order (EO) 836 and consequently, Section 3 of Customs Administrative Order 6-2009.

EO 836, which was released on Oct. 20, 2009, institutionalized the BOC’s Risk Management Group and transformed it into the RMO.

The office reviews and updates parameters for the BOC’s Selectivity System, which determines how shipments are processed based on the importer’s track record.

It is tasked to study the profile of importers, exporters and customs brokers, and to maintain a database of all smuggling cases and related data.

Currently, the BOC is undergoing the process of reorganization, as part of the 10-point priority agenda under Guerrero’s term.

Just recently, the BOC also created its monitoring unit whose primary role is to monitor the bureau’s performance and ensure each office under the BOC accomplishes respective goals for the year.

Aside from this restructuring program, Guerrero has also lined up other priorities for the bureau, including the automation of BOC processes, enhancement of cargo clearance and examination capabilities, and the strengthening of institutional and individual capabilities in the areas of intelligence and enforcement.

The Customs chief also aims to fill up vacant plantilla positions and provide incentives for Customs employees.

He also seeks to harmonize different BOC- related issuances, create a Quality Management System and Integrity System, and pursue the passage of customs-related legislative measures.

For 2019, the BOC is targeting to collect P677 billion, 14 percent higher than last year’s actual collection of P593.1 billion.

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS REY LEONARDO GUERRERO
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