Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña expressed confidence that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) can meet its collection target this year saying that daily monitoring of revenue collection in all ports is being implemented.
Bureau of Customs (BOC) Isidro Lapeña takes his oath during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s probe on the smuggling of the P6.4-billion shabu from Xiamen, China. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
Lapeña disclosed in a press briefing that he ordered the monitoring of daily revenue collection of all ports. He said that on a daily basis, he would check and monitor the matrix of shortfall/surplus of each port.
“I will say that I am positive on it (meeting the collection target). It will take a lot of effort, patience but I can say it can be done. I am optimistic,” Lapeña said.
Lapeña earlier disclosed that the bureau is still 50 percent away from its collection target this year.
“When I met with the DOF (Department of Finance) Secretary, I was informed that the bureau’s annual collection target is P468 billion, our actual collection as of present is only P261.81 billion,” Lapeña bared.
“We need to collect the remainingP206.19 billion until December. That translates to a target P50.1 billion per month starting September,” he added.
Meanwhile, the commissioner has yet to reveal when the officials from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) would assume their posts in the BOC.
He however said they are now fast tracking the hiring of employees as well as the review and implementation of reward system for performing employees and ports.
“As I have said, I will also work with the bureau and I will also bring in some officers as well as some personnel from PDEA and will be utilized more on monitoring because when it comes to customs processes, I will be using Customs people,” Lapeña said.