Purisima hails customs despite decline in revenue collections


Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the steady decline in the Bureau of Customs’ revenue collections due to globalization, trade liberalization and a sluggish international trade, among other factors, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima cited the BOC for what he called a “dramatic improvement” in the public image of the Department of Finance-attached agency.

In the BOC’s 58-page accomplishment report, he pointed out that “2012 will probably be remembered best as the year when the bureau’s public image began to improve dramatically as demonstrated by the results of the public trust ratings survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations.”

The same year, he said, will also be remembered as the period “when its efforts to prosecute smugglers finally resulted in convictions.”

“And although 2012 revenue collections fell short of the annual target, the bureau still managed to produce a 9.3 percent increase with total collections reaching P289.85 billion, compared to P265.1 billion in 2011,” he noted.

According to Purisima, the BOC “has kept up its efforts to modernize systems and processes, as well as instill the proper values among its officials and the rank and file.”

“The bureau and its men and women will have to vigorously pursue these programs of modernization, reforms and moral transformation if it aims to meet the growing challenges it faces now and in the future,” he said.

For his part, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said it was “encouraging to see positive changes taking place in the bureau and even more gratifying to realize that the Filipino people have taken notice of them.”

“The results of the latest SWS survey showed a reversal of our bureau’s embarrassing plunge in our people’s esteem with the public trust rating rising from minus-69 percent in 2009 to minus-45 percent in September 2012,” he also said.

The former Muntinlupa City legislator also observed they “scored unprecedented, final victories in our drive against smuggling when three cases ended in the conviction of the accused by our courts of law.”

“It is to be hoped that these criminal convictions will put the fear of the law not only among businessmen and brokers but also among some of our own people in the bureau,” he said.

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  • Horst Manure

    Wow now maybe you can employ some one to come in a few days a week and answer your emails so the rest of us idiots who need to deal with you can get some questions answered.

  • buttones

    So, let me get this right, a shortfall in revenues vs. budgeted revenue is to be hailed as some sort of an achievement? I’m lost I really am, when I fell short of achieving budgets, which I had made myself, I usually got nailed to the cross, for good reason. I had failed in my job. And what is all this tripe about SWS? Who on earth are they? A government department?

    • Billy Reyes

      Ang ibig sabihin ” hindi nila inabot yong dapat sana nilang target na collection pero mas mataas ang collection for 2012 compared to 2011. 265 Billion (2011) 289 Billion (2012) kaya still an achievement. Kuha mo Ate reply ka lang kung hindi I will explain further.

      • buttones

        Please do, I am all ears

      • Loggnat

        Let me try… I think the BOC failed in their self-imposed goal for collection in 2012 but the goal must have been so high that even failing to reach it, their total collection for 2012 is still higher than the 2011 collection by an increase of 9.3% ( P289.85 billion in 2012 as compared to P265.1 billion in 2011 collection ). Having an increase in total collection from 2011 to 2012, they claim a successful achievement for the year even though they failed to achieve their self -imposed collection goal on 2012. There! I hope that cleared it up? :))

      • buttones

        it’s clear, basically, BOC increased it’s revenues year on year by almost 10% but didn’t reach target- that target is not mentioned so whether the shortfall was 5% or 50% which would have been interesting reading, we don’t know. Fine, I don’t know how they do their budgets but an increase in collections of almost 10% seems not bad? I wonder what was the budget/?

        In commerce the unwritten rule, if you are getting paid on results is to under budget and over achieve [but don’t do it too often!] But why the contradiction in the headline- “Purisima hails customs despite decline in revenue collections” ? It’s clear the revenue went up, it did not decline…did it? The spin of course was about the ‘improved’ image of BOC supported by irrefutable SWS survey…
        Had I been spinning BOC I would have focused more on -“BOC INCREASES COLLECTIONS BY ALMOST 10% !- PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF BOC RISES BY 34%! Ok it’s still negative but
        why mention that?

  • Hellomr

    The biggest problem in the goverment is that they protect politician involve in corruption in BOC….they should name the name who ever is involve so that the public will know…

  • boybakal

    No accomplishments, Poor performance….but still praised and hailed by Purisima.
    How’s that? Love your own.

  • disqusted0fu

    BOC still gets hailed despite smuggling reaching approximately 19 million a year since 2010??? That’s pathetic!

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