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Bureau of Customs XI readies for automation

by RG Alama

Davao City (27 October) -- The Bureau of Customs (BoC) in Region XI is readying its operations for eventual automation as its personnel are undergoing a seven-week training for the electronic 2 mobile automation program.

Undertaken by IT company, Unisys, the winning bidder for the project. 200 Customs personnel from the ports of Parang in Maguindanao, Davao, Mati and General Santos are being trained to handle the system, which is a nationwide project of the Bureau of Customs.

According to Marvin Yana of Unisys, the automation project aims to streamline BoC's core processes which is geared towards non face-to-face transactions as it will involve the use of internet and eventually short messaging system or sms.

Yana said that funding from the project came from President Gloria Macapagal's Arroyo E-government fund which has benefited various agencies like the Land Trasnportation Office, the National Statistics Office and the Commission of Elections.

A funding of about P500-million has been earmarked for this year with another P500-million promised funding for the next year which would cover the automation of all BoC core operations in all ports in the country.

Among BoC's core processes includes Electronic Manifest System, Import Entry System, Hold and Alert System, Payment System, Automated Bonds Management System, Automated Documentation System, Licensing and Clearance System and Online Release System.

E2m is aimed to realize single ASEAN customs window where it would be in harmony with other Southeast Asian countries. To date over 80 countries are using similar automated programs.

Yana is urging brokers, importers and BoC clients to register at the Clients Profile Registry System. With the implementation of the e2m, BoC clients must have an active profile accreditation before being allowed to transact with the BoC. (PIA XI) [top]

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