Customs to hire additional personnel

Posted at 01/08/14 2:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Bureau of Customs (BoC) is set to hire additional personnel after it was given the go-signal by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fill vacant and funded positions in the bureau’s central office, ports and collection districts.

The DBM has approved BOC’s request to fill a number of technical and support-to-technical positions as long as the hiring would not entail additional budgetary release.

Customs will be hiring collectors, who will be responsible for the assessment and collection of lawful revenues from imported articles and all other dues under the existing tariff and customs laws.

There are also vacant positions for special investigators, police and intelligence officers who will be tasked to gather crucial information related to customs and economic activities, among others.

Also covered are positions for accountants, computer maintenance staff, computer programmers, information technology (IT) officers, qualified statisticians and lawyers.

Budget Secretary Butch Abad said filling vacant positions is in line with the implementation of customs reforms to boost revenue collections and further enhance the country’s global economic competitiveness.

“Considering that the ongoing revamp in the Bureau of Customs are in full swing, we gave the Customs bureau the proper authority to fill several key positions that would support the efficient and improved collection of customs duties, taxes, fees and penalties. As we remain committed in giving our international airports a much-needed facelift, we also recognize the need to hire additional customs personnel to ensure the smooth operations of the bureau and improve its collection services,” Abad said.

“More important, however, is the reform component in supporting the BOC’s staffing requirements. By filling up vacancies and finding the right talent to fill some very important positions in Customs, the bureau can bring greater momentum to their efforts at reforming itself,” he added.