- Posted January 17, 2014 by
Philippines moves vs corruption
Based on the recommendation released by the DOJ on Saturday, Customs deputy commissioners will be moved down to the lowest-ranked employees every three years continuously until after retirement from the government service.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima made the recommendation in a letter to Rep. Miro Quimbo (2nd Dist.-Marikina City), chairman of the House committee on ways and means.
The committee on ways and means has earlier sought the DOJ position on several House bills seeking to amend or revise the Tariff and Customs Code to further strengthen the law’s anti-smuggling mechanism.
“In order to achieve the primary goal of obliterating corruption at the BOC, the sense of familiarity with one customs location should be prevented,” De Lima said.
The DOJ chief suggested that the tenure of customs officials in one station be limited to a term of three years wherein he will be transferred to another station for another three years, continuously until after his retirement from government service.
According to De Lima, the proposed organizational arrangement should apply to all officials and employees from the deputy commissioners down to the lowest-ranked customs employees.
She said the DOJ recommendation is in consideration of the recommendations by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and other international customs organizations, in particular, the “regular relocation of staff.”
“And in light of public clamor over rampant corruption in the BOC, a new tariff and customs law that will address the widespread violation of the former tariff and customs code due to the incoherence and inconsistencies in its provisions should be a top priority of Congress,” De Lima stressed.
The Committee on Ways and Means has been conducting hearings on several bills seeking to prescribe the Customs Modernization Act and to strengthen the anti-smuggling mechanism of the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978.