08 May 2013

Subic Port collection above target

Data received from the Financial Service, Statistics Division of the Bureau of Customs showed that the Port of Subic collected the total amount of P1,091, 625, 587 for the month of April.

This is P561,980, 587 over its assigned target of P529,645.000, or a positive deviation of 106.1 percent.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, upon learning of the above target collection, made a surprise visit yesterday to the Port of Subic to personally congratulate District Collector Atty. Adelina SE Molina for achieving an unprecedented collection performance.

The gesture of the Commissioner served as a motivation to the Port to further improve its revenue collection drive and the personnel has vowed to contribute towards the attainment of this vision.

Commissioner Biazon has just attended the 18th Meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Customs at Widus Hotel, Clarkfield, Angeles, Pampanga and decided to proceed to the nearby Port of Subic to show his appreciation and support to the team of District Collector Atty. Molina, her Deputy Collectors, Atty. Ernelito G. Aquino for Assessment, Atty. Andrew Fernandez for Operations, Atty. Irineo Onia Jr. for Administration as well as to the entire personnel of the Port for achieving this rare feat.

Biazon stressed the role of the various Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) customs agencies in establishing a One-Asean, One Customs environment among the 10 Asean member economies through the envisioned Asean Economic Integration for 2016 during the formal opening of the 18th Meeting of the Asean Coordinating Committee on Customs (CCC).

In delivering his keynote address to the customs officials of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, Biazon underscored the evolving global economic trends where customs procedures among Asean member economies are being streamlined, trade barriers are being dismantled to give way to faster trade facilitation, even as enforcement of customs laws and rules and capacity building programs are being enhanced.

“Globalization is a reality we have to face and trade facilitation is at the forefront of this Asean economic endeavor” Biazon said, adding that, “Today’s meeting of customs chiefs shall, therefore, help pave the way for the establishment of an integrated customs agencies among the Asean countries,” Biazon said.

The Asean customs officials were also joined by the customs delegation from Japan, China and Korea.

The delegates to the 18th Asean CCCC shall discuss among others, the progress reports of the Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation Working Group, the Customs Compliance Working Group and the Customs Capacity Building Working Group.

Preparations for the coming 22nd Meeting of Asean Directors-General of Customs shall also be discussed. Biazon currently seats as Chairman of said organization. (Malaya Business Insight)