Over 1,000 job openings at Bureau of Customs

Posted at 07/25/2014 12:21 PM | Updated as of 07/26/2014 12:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs on Friday said there are over 1,000 job openings in its agencies, offices and collection districts around the country.

In a statement, the BOC said there are 1,056 job vacancies in first and second level positions.

Customs Commissioner John P. Sevilla said the bureau hopes to fill up these vacancies to provide faster service for importers, exporters and the public dealing with Customs.

"On the average, we have over 3,000 entries and over 6,000 individual items being imported every day. Around 4,000 containers arrive in the country everyday that we need to inspect. In order to facilitate these transactions we need additional manpower. Right now, there are only 3,600 employees in BOC tasked to do a lot of mandates. The lack of manpower is further aggravated by natural attrition due to retirement, resignation, death, as well as dropping from the rolls, and dismissal from service," Sevilla said.

Among the job positions available include:Customs Operations Officer (COPO) I, II, III, and IV, (Salary Grade [SG] 10, 11, 13, 16, and 18 respectively); and Administrative Officer (ADOF) I, II, III, IV, and V (SG 10, 11, 15, and 18 respectively).

Interested applicants just need to visit www.customs.gov.ph to download the details and documents required for their applications, fill up the application form and submit together with the following supporting documents:

updated Personal Data Sheet;
Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Civil Service Commission, Professional Regulation Commission, or Supreme Court as appropriate;
Transcript of Records and Diploma;
certificates of trainings and seminars attended, if any; and
Performance Appraisal Report for the last two (2) rating periods for those who area already working in government offices.

The application should be submitted by the applicants, either personally or by mail to the BOC office located at 16th Street, Port Area South Harbor, Manila. Provincial applicants may also send their applications via courier.

A special booth will be set up at the lobby of the OCOM building to receive applications from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The deadline for the submission of application is on August 6, 2014.

However, applicants with relatives in the BOC up to the 4th degree of consanguinity are barred from applying for any position in the Bureau.

New guidelines for hiring

At the same time, the BOC has come up with new guidelines in the hiring and selection of personnel with a Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 15-2014.

Under the CMO, all applicants shall be screened by the newly formed BOC Personnel Selection Boards (PSB). After passing the initial screening, applicants will undergo special aptitude and psychometric tests conducted by the Civil Service Commission.

If they pass, applicants will then take competency-based tests given by requesting groups or offices consisting of a written test, interview, and a physical exam for applicants for the Intelligence and Enforcement groups.

The complete list of job vacancies as well as the application procedure is available at www.customs.gov.ph.