'Customs ng Bayan' website launched

Posted at 01/16/2014 12:55 PM | Updated as of 01/16/2014 12:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Finance (DOF) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) launched on Thursday a website to monitor customs importations in the country.

The Customs ng Bayan website features data and information on trade activity in 17 main collection districts of customs.

Data, extracted from BOC’s Electronic-to-Mobile (e2m) system, includes the value and volume of goods imported and customs duties collected per port.

The website will also eventually feature reports on motor vehicle imports and rice.

"Even before the passage of the Freedom of Information Law, we find value in crowdsourcing the anti-corruption effort through a radical change in our data transparency policies for public accountability. Empowering the people through information is one of the major initiatives of the President's Customs Reform Agenda," said Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.

The DOF also recently launched its first DOF-BOC Tax Watch ad featuring top importers of motor vehicles and the customs duties they paid on these imports.