Policy reforms needed to curb oil smuggling, says Biazon

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Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Bureau of Custom Commissioner Rufino Biazon said Tuesday that one way to curb oil smuggling in the country is to implement policy reforms.

“Efforts should be made not just to catch specific persons but to change the entire system,” Biazon said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM, noting that protectors of oil smugglers are influential people in the country.

Biazon said smugglers thrive in the country because existing policies are seemingly outdated and not all ports have customs offices.

“In order to affect full reform, there should be changes in policies as well,” he said. “You do not just change the players, you change the game.”

The government is losing about P30 billion to P40 billion in annual revenue because of oil smuggling.

For the full interview, listen to the attached audio clip from Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

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  • muddygoose

    If these policy changes do not require new laws or can be enforced by EO, then the executive should just move on. These are revenue generating activities, so why hesitate?

  • rburke

    yeah, remove taxes from imports, make our industries competetive and bring down prices..but just the same, you need for customs then, no need for Mr. Biazon..

  • JasonBieber

    Thank for stating the obvious Biazon.

    But maybe you should speak with your boss PNoy about changing policies because with all problems that Customs has been facing you and PNoy have not done much to fix policies and procedures…all you’ve done are temporary fixes by firing people.

  • Ronnie Santos

    find a better excuse please…….. or you just want to accommodate your friends and fellow member of kkk.

  • tyurl

    Hope you can be more specific next time. Please identify which policies should be repealed, strengthened or restructured.

    What happened to the proposal to have a single window system?

    Also catching and seriously penalizing the trolls in BoC as well as the people feeding and funding them would certainly be a boost to the credibility of your reform measures. True, it may not be enough but will surely send a strong signal to your ranks of your intentions and integrity. I think at the moment we have sufficient laws to charge these crooks as well as their politian backers/benefactors/accomplices. But as it is, no customs personnel of significant position has yet to be charge with anything. Moreso those sitting in the legislative and executive chambers (perhaps even in the judiciary).

    The same thing goes for BIR. It is squeezing every penny from the taxpayers but as of this moment, strangely enough, no high ranking BIR official both from the present and previous admins has been incarcerated. The National Government also appears not inclined to be fully transparent with its expenditures (although arguably more transparent than the previous leadership). FOI bill anyone?? How do you encourage people to contribute to the pool of funds for public goods when you can’t tell them where exactly their money goes? And we know for a fact that politicians have been draining the public funds for decades like an open faucet for their personnal use (aka plundering the economy). That’s the very reason why dynasties proliferate. Obtaining a political post is certainly the best business in town.

  • boybakal

    You are the Customs Head….you can make policies Mr. Chief Biazon.

  • boybakal

    No need of policy reform….just enforce the policy.

  • isidro c. valencia

    It is a fallacy to say that policy reform is needed.
    Bulag, Bingi, at Pipi ba si Biazon?
    If you will tally the amount taken away from the illegitimate transactions in the Bureau of Customs, you need a calculator with 20 zero digits. The figure is astronomic.
    Ilang politicians ang lumalapit sa “bag men?”
    What happen to the computerization programs donated by World Bank?
    Bakit sa ibang bansa very organized at less ang smuggling? Why can’t we adopt their systems?
    Bakit nila tinangal ang SGS para sa surveying at testing? Bureau of Customs can hire the services of other independent surveillance firms.

  • disqusted0fu

    Even if you change the policies, if it is the same people who will be implementing them, then it wouldn’t make any difference. Smuggling in general is at its peak in this Aquino administration. It was somehow controlled by previous administrations with the existing policies. It means that the policies are not so much of the problem, it is more of the personnel. They should be the one changed.

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