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BOC District 12 exceeds collection target

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (20 October) -- As early as October, the Bureau of Customs District 12 is likely to exceed its collection target set at 2.86 billion for 2009 as its present collection amounted to about P2.16 billion.

BOC District 12 collector Atty. Ronnie Silvestre said during the re-launching of the weekly radio program ARENA XI aired over Radyo ng Bayan that the office has already posted an excess of P 75 million in collection.

ARENA XI Forum is an initiative of the Philippine Information Agency, designed to gather national government agencies in a radio forum to tackle programs, projects, and issues that concern the office.

"This is one proof that the office if performing well and we had a 31 percent excess in collection compared to last year," he added.

The port of Davao is declared one of the luckiest and high-performing areas in terms of customs collection due to the increasing demand of export products coming from Davao City and its neighboring provinces which produce bananas for export.

BOC expects a collection of P164 million every month, hence, reaching a total excess of P400 million by yearend.

The district is working on a P274 billion target for this year alone. "We fear that with the outcome of our collection, central office might increase our target for next year and hat would require us to double our efforts just to exceed what we accomplished this year," he said.

Aside from collection, BOC is also complementing its efforts on anti-smuggling and trade facilitation.

Recently, the office destroyed some smuggled agricultural products like onions, garlic, and potatoes coming from China. (PIA XI) [top]

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