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Customs reform

Dahil sa mahabang kasaysayan ng ilegal na mga pangongontrata, nakasanayang pagnanakaw, at kawalang hustisya, isa ang Bureau of Customs (BOC) o Kawanihan ng Adwana sa mga pinakanotoryus na mukha ng katiwalian sa pamahalaan. Subalit nagsisimula na itong mabago. Nagaganap na ang malakihang pagpapalit ng mga pinuno, kawani, at proseso bilang resulta ng malawakang reform agenda ng administrasyon. Ang layunin: muling pasiglahin ang burukrasya, iwaksi ang kultura ng korupsiyon, at simulan ang mabuting siklo ng integridad at tunay na serbisyo publiko sa BOC.

Noong Oktubre 2, 2013, tinalakay ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang ilang mga pagsisikap ng administrasyon na repormahin ang Bureau of Customs:

Ang repormang ipinapatupad natin sa Bureau of Customs ay isa sa mga pinakamatingkad na patunay nito. Mantakin po ninyo: tinatayang umabot sa dalawandaang bilyong piso ang nawawala sa kaban ng bayan dahil sa transaksyonalismo, palakasan, at lantarang pandarambong na matagal na umiiral sa Customs. Naging malinaw po sa atin: Kung babalasahin lang natin ang mga nasa puwesto, pero ilalagay pa rin sila sa kung saan sila maaaring gumawa ng pinsala, talaga pong wala tayong patutunguhan. Ang atin pong tugon: Reset button para sa ahensyang matagal nang naging mukha ng katiwalian sa gobyerno. Limang bagong deputy commissioner po ang ating itinalaga. Dalawang EO para maipasok ang bagong dugo, para sa bagong mga pananaw at pamamaraan. Iniatas din ang pag-uwi sa tamang posisyon ng mga naka-detail na empleyado; wala nang security guard na ginawang collecting officer, o warehouseman na examiner; hindi na puwedeng nasa puwesto ka dahil sa palakasan, at hindi sa kakayahan. Kaya kung may natitira pa ring mga latak na nais kumapit sa lumang kalakaran: Sige po, subukan na lang po ninyo, at tingnan natin ang inyong paglalagyan.

 

Sanggunian:

Ang website ng Department of Finance

Ang website ng Bureau of Customs

 

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