Customs Davao Port posts P531.46 M collection in November; report on shifted smuggling in Davao Port belied

dec 7, 2013

There is no bust in the collection of the Bureau of Customs Port of Davao when now resigned Commissioner Ruffy Biazon was still on its helm as the port posted 7-percent increase or P531.46 million cash collection for the month of November 2013. 
 
For the said month BOC Davao targeted a total of P496.42 million.
Contributing most in the total collection are BOC Davao’s two ports- in Sasa and Tibungco- which collected from November 1 to 27 cash worth P467,397,874 from customs duties and charges, which is 4-percent up from its P451,586,741 collection target, bared BOC Davao acting cashier Melody Magdadaro. 
 
BOC Davao’s sub-port in General Santos City grossed a cash collection of P64,067,152.62, a 47-percent up from the target of P45,527,771.  
 
The usually laggard sub-ports of Parang and Mati, posted no collection, with targets of P956,488 and P350,000, respectively.
 
Meanwhile, a BOC Davao insider belied report that Davao Port is one port outside of Manila’s ports to where smugglers have shifted their hot shipments as Manila port was put under tight control amid the massive reforms pursued by Biazon.
 
“Whoever spinned that rumor up must have made a good cover to continue their illegal operations there at the expense of us and our good collections,” he said.
 
“Kawawa naman kami, parang inaapi na, na-SONA na kami, na back to mother unit na kami, tapos yang rumor na naman yan,” he added. 
 
Last August 8 when Biazon visited BOC Davao Port to lead the opening of 6 seized container vans with contrabands worth P7.2 million, in a press conference, he even congratulated BOC Davao Port officials for “always surpassing the targets, which makes it different.”
 
BOC Davao Port has been consistently hitting its target this year despite reeling from having no regular collector and experiencing frequent organizational changes and revamps resulting from Biazon’s reform moves.
 
For the past five years, the BOC Davao has consistently surpassed its assigned collection even as the entire Bureau of Customs and major ports in Metro Manila and other parts of the country failed to reach their target.
 
BOC Davao OIC collector now is Customs Collector IV Samsom Pacasum, who assumed the post last October 21, after the temporary restraining order filed by several customs officials against Biazon and Dept. of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima to oppose their transfer to DoF’s Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO) was finally dismissed by a regional trial court in Manila. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)
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