17 September 2012

3 measures make Subic trade-friendly

Aside from infrastructures built near Subic Bay Port, there are three more reasons to do business at the Central Luzon port, Alberto D. Lina, former customs commissioner and now chairman of Air21, said.

In his presentation at the recently held maritime conference at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center, Lina identified three major measures that the Bureau of Customs has taken to make Subic viable for business.

“First is a non-intrusive container inspection system,” Lina said.

Second is accession to the international convention on the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures, and, lastly, the Citizen’s Charter.

Among the three, Lina emphasized the Citizen’s Charter.

He said in compliance with Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 and in pursuit of its mission to provide quality and performance level service to the public with professionalism and integrity, BOC issued the Citizen’s Charter was issued.

He also explained that the charter was created based on the recommendations of a study from the World Bank in 1993.

“(The BOC) adopted a number of recommendations in a 1993 World Bank study for the operation of the first freeport in the Philippines,” Lina said.

Lina also pointed out that Subic Bay is well equipped with online services that improve customs transactions by importers and other businesses.

“Services are available 24x7, 365 days, accessible anywhere through the internet,” he said.(Malaya Business Insight)