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PIA Press Release
2007/09/12

Morales supports Teves on plans to overhaul Customs

Manila (12 September) -- Customs Commissioner Napoleon L. Morales seconded the plan of Finance Secretary Gary Teves to revive previous proposals to overhaul the revenue collection agencies of the government, namely, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Morales agrees with Teves that if BOC is exempted from the salary standardization of the government, the bureau will be able to perform better by giving its employees and personnel attractive compensation and retirement packages.

"If we treat and reward our men better, they will perform better," said Morales.

Morales said that in other countries, customs' yearly budgetary allotment is a percentage of the targeted revenue collections for the year, giving the agency more funds to operate and give incentives to its personnel to hit goals.

However, in the Philippines, the budget of the BoC is only one-half percent of the P228 billion target set for this year.

"Our budget is only 1.2 billion this year, 900 million goes to salaries and wages and the remaining 300 million goes to utilities and operational expense. We do not have money to improve facilities and regularly train and evaluate our people. We have to rely on international grants for this," said Morales.

"If this will push through, we can truly achieve two of the five-point agenda I defined when I took office as Commissioner. Namely, to Professionalize customs personnel and improve and develop the quality of corporate life in BOC", concluded Morales. (BOC/PIA) [top]

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