Bureau of Customs abolition planned

Complete overhaul seen as only solution

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TOTAL OVERHAUL Ruffy Biazon: Customs reform is not just about chopping off heads. EDWIN BACASMAS

Believing that any less stringent measure will not suffice to stamp out smuggling, the Aquino administration is considering abolishing the Bureau of Customs and replacing it with a professional institution run by private officials and employees.

Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon said he had an initial discussion with President Benigno Aquino III about a top-down cleansing at the customs bureau that would once and for all end smuggling and corruption in the agency.

“One concept done by other countries is a complete overhaul [of their customs departments] through abolition. We might have to do that,” Biazon said in a roundtable discussion with Inquirer editors and reporters on Thursday night.

The Bureau of Customs has been under fire in recent days, with reports about the rampant smuggling of oil through special economic zones and agricultural products that is costing the government billions of pesos in lost revenues every year.

Critics have demanded the resignation of Biazon for allegedly failing to stamp out smuggling despite the Aquino administration’s emphasis on transparency and good government.

Get rid of them all

Unknown to them, Biazon himself has proposed scrapping the entire customs bureau to get rid of all the corrupt officials and employees in the agency.

Biazon cited the example of Peru, which, to defeat corruption and smuggling, abolished its custom department, put up a new one, adopted strict qualifications for hiring, and paid higher salaries to the new officers and employees running the new agency.

In the case of the Philippines, Biazon said, corruption is deeply entrenched in the customs bureau’s culture and system so firing a few people or catching some smugglers will not solve the problem.

Biazon explained that face-to-face transactions between front-line customs personnel and importers open up opportunities for corruption.

Resistance to reforms

The solution, he said, is to have a completely automated system that will do away with direct dealings between customs employees and importers.

On his watch, he said, the customs employees’ strong opposition to reform makes it difficult for him to clean up the bureau.

Biazon cited an administrative order he issued last year for the automation of one customs procedure. “Concerned customs employees,” citing a threat to their job security, went to court and obtained a restraining order to block the reform.

“Customs reform is not just about chopping off heads. The guys down there in the front lines are the ones who have the power to perpetuate these things (corruption),” Biazon said.

He said the Philippines has been left behind by many countries in customs improvement.  In those countries, he said, systems eliminating discretions of customs officers have been implemented to avoid corruption.

Self-financing

Biazon also said that under the proposal being considered by the Aquino administration, the replacement of the customs bureau will not be dependent on the national government for its budget. Instead, it will retain 3 percent of its tax and duty collections to finance its own operations.

That way, Biazon said, the new institution will not have to go to Congress every year to ask for budget approval, thus keeping itself free from the influence of politicians.

“We must insulate customs from politics,” Biazon said.

Moreover, the proposal states that, if possible, the employees of the new organization will be exempted from the Salary Standardization Law. With the exemption, it can pay its employees relatively higher salaries than what regular government agencies pay their staffs.

Giving high salaries is one way of shielding customs officers and employees from temptation, Biazon said.

Private auctions

He said that if he had his way, the customs bureau would no longer hold auctions to dispose of forfeited goods. Having a private group do that job is a prudent idea, he said. It will also defeat the “auction syndicates,” dummies of smugglers who forfeited the goods. With the syndicates being allowed to top the auctions by corrupt customs officers, the smuggled goods go back to the smugglers.

“One of the benefits of this proposal is the expedited disposal of forfeited cargos. Another is the process of auction becomes transparent,” Biazon said.

“If the function is delegated to the private sector, customs would be able to concentrate more on its other vital functions,” he said.

 First posted 12:07 am | Saturday, April 13th, 2013

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  • HighPower Led

    do it while pnoy is in power.

    • http://www.facebook.com/noelsantos37 Noel Santos

      tama!.pag wala na si pinoy balik nanaman sa dati..lalo na pag naging presidente eh si Binay o si Erap!

      • regd

        O si Enrile?

  • Teresa Santos

    GOOD IDEA!

    ABOLISH THAT PARASITIC DEPARTMENT!

    LET BIAZON PUT INTO PRACTICE ALL THE THINGS HE IS SAYING…

  • jajabeltran

    Hwag po kayo pabigla-bigla. Madami po nakikinabang sa customs. Madami po natutulungan at napapa-aral ang customs. Kung bigla na lang isara yan, paano na ang mga naglilingkod nating mga kababayan sa ahensya na yan??? Mawawalan ng hanap buhay at magugutom. Kaawa-awa nman po, diba?

    • batangsulpok

      Bakit ka maaawa sa mga taong nakaw ang pinakakain sa pamilya,ganoon ka ba?

    • pytpinay

      Ilan ang naglilingkod at ilan ang nangungurakot??? Hindi maganda ang magpakain ng nakaw sa anak :(

  • upupperclassman

    Abolish Bureau of Customs immediately! It will be recorded in history as the greatest achievement of this administration.

    • paulo

      Biazon is willing to burn the whole house just because he failed to meet his target and failed to curb smuggling. He should be the one to be fired. and besides, what if the private company fails to meet its target and curb smuggling, would it be abolished too? this is the problem if a medical technologist graduate like Biazon heads an agency totally unrelated to the medical field. He should be fired!

      • altair22

        You obviously failed to read the part where “automation” in the customs procedures is a vital part of the proposal. Biazon is right on that one. Eliminating face to face transactions is key. Besides, there is already a working model in Peru that they have studied. If you are smart, you know that burning the house is the only remaining solution. Previous administrations have tried hard all kinds of proposals but nothing worked.

      • josh_alexei

        Agree that without the personal contact corruption can be minimized.. In our part, very few transactions or Govt business is done in Person.. We no longer file our income tax in person but mostly Online, custom documentation al done by automations and even most govt transactions are outsourced or done in the comfort of your computers.. We register our vehicles on line or in the ABM type Machines (driver’s licence needs to be done in person for Picture id) even pensions application are all done by mail or on line.. Police officers can not even take bribes because their actions are monitored by their own cameras (on cruiser ) on their line of communication must be opened while in interaction with the member of the Public.. And also it a Crime for the member of the Public to offer Bribe to Public Official..and having a Criminal record without being Pardoned will limit one’s freedom of MOBILITY

      • Pareko

        Paulo, you probably have relatives working at the Customs, that is why you can’t see a brilliant idea when you see one. Do you have one brilliant idea?, tell it to the President.

      • http://www.facebook.com/noelsantos37 Noel Santos

        tama!

      • Teresa Santos

        Or tell it to us.

      • regd

        paulo can see brilliant idea?

      • Mario_Garcia

        Don’t blame it on Biazon, blame it on us because we allowed corruption to happen in the first place, we don’t have political will and social maturity to say NO to corruption.

      • Oscar Deleon

        such tall orders as saying no to corruption. any concrete steps to make that happen? your rhetoric sounds like the food on your table is from smuggling money. only smugglers and criminals talk that way

      • DarkJustice

        Start it from you..From simple saying NO to if one FIXER ask you whether in LTO,BOC.any govt agency where FIXERS abound.

      • Mario_Garcia

        That is why I am telling you that the solution starts from ourselves, if we don’t give in to corruption, opt opt to pay fines to the government rather than getting away through bribery, then we attain social maturity and corruption will soon be eradicated if not drastically minimized. You and I are partly to blame for the sorry state we are in today.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Cisneros/1599527303 Jake Cisneros

        tanong ko lng po.. sa tingin nyo po bakit nahalal c biazon sa pwestong yan? ano bang kaalaman nya sa customs? ano ba natapos nya? sino po ang naglagay sa kanya dyan?

      • Rohan

        spot on! or baka taga BOC sya.

      • Cano Manuel

        He probably is the one working in BOC.

      • A. H. Forrester

        So be it !

      • richard butac

        hyperbole,,nya haha,, burning the house? just to make a point that everything is a fault of the head.. maybe,, you are a customs employee or somebody related to one of its crooks..

        I agree to the idea raised but the possibility of being implemented is very low, the syndicate in the customs bureau is run by big fishes.. maybe biazon is just one of them,, or maybe not..that remains to be proven .. for now we might as well start changing everything,, starting from the structure of the philippine govrnment itself…

      • Teresa Santos

        Nothing wrong with burning a rotten house if that is what is needed to build a nice one.

      • jessica chan

        paulo, you are a typical pinoy: blame blame blame with an obvious crab mentality. You have relative at work there like what Pareko said? Kung bulok na ang buong bahay, tear the whole thing down

      • sabian

        Blame blame blame is typical PNOY. Haha!

      • jessica chan

        you are from the BOC sabian? you are either a thief yourself, or a moron. I can only imagine the rot in your house and your brain

      • sabian

        My question is, when it’s pnoy’s blaming is on the line, why do idiots like you move heaven and earth to protect his @ss. The problem with people like you, is that you are too blinded with the yellow propaganda. Am i wrong that pnoy’s the number one blamer in politics? He won the elections with just two things, one is the death of his mother and two BLAME. Nothing more, nothing less. No track record to support him back then, well upto now wala pa din. Ituro mo sa akin ang nagawa niya. Development wise wala. Infrastructure wala. Wala kahit isang nauumpisahan na si pnoy mismo ang naginitiate. BOC needs reshaping not privatization. The reason he wants it privatized is for him to put his allies inside without the need of govt scrutiny. And when it’s already privatized, it’s no longer his responsibility. In other words, tamad! Now, tell me ano bang nagawa na ng idol mo? Idi0t!

      • lito

        MedTech? Now running the BOC?para masyadong malayo yata ang propesyong tinapos as ginagampanang posisyon.I guess is “It’s not what you
        Know,It’s who you blow”.

      • Kapitanbagwis

        Use your common sense, burning the BOC is long overdue. This is a smart move on the part of Biazon

      • Rene Corre

        maybe you should also be burn at stake….

      • m b

        Wake up and smell the coffee! Com Biazon is one stand up guy. He could have kept his mouth shut and taken the money as his predecessors have done! He has earned my deep respect.

      • http://www.facebook.com/yda.secillano Yda Secillano

        malinis ba si biazon? sa tinigin mo hindi sya nagnakaw? at wala syang pino-protektahan? nakakatawa.. haha

      • 444mangyan888

        whoever the heck u are…u sucks…!!!! you must be one of those smugglers’ PR guys..!!!!

      • Natx Bacalzo

        you’re pathetic. abolition of customers will deprive you and your corrupt relatives with easy money so you do not want to abolish a pset called customs

      • tadasolo

        Literary that is what he needs to do and clean it. This is a revolutionary idea long time coming. Hire a private company for the first few years while the overhaul is in place and trained a professional staff paid by the collection fees. DO IT NOW BANDAIDS WILL NOT WORK. Get rid of all the current BOC employees and give them other jobs in the government until they retire.
        Imagine the hundreds of billions of pesos lost which we could have used to provide free education and hire top quality teachers from kindergarten to college.

      • jseesus

        paula, tapos na maliligayang araw ninyo.

      • IsipPinoy

        Even nature employs burning to cleanse the forest and to give way for new trees to grow.

      • Bantayanon

        So you suggest that one with business or customs degree should take over? Hell, it’s gonna be the same story. It doesn’t matter if a person allied with the medical field takes the helm at Customs as long as he is clean and he puts his country first.

      • Handiong

        It’s worth burning down the whole Bureau of Customs. Anything less will not work.

        And while we are at it, privatize the Bureau of Internal Revenue, too.

      • tohellwithhypocrites

        paulo, hijo, Biazon is just proposing to Pnoy the best possible solution to eradicate corruption and smuggling in the BOC based on what he learned from that meeting he attended last week with the World Customs Organization in Panama. Sometimes you have to burn a whole wooden house down if it’s infested with termites and build a concrete one.

      • jose_rizal11

        bigasan mo ba ung custom at nanginginig ung bitlog mo lol

      • boldyak

        burn the whole house and build a new one..there is nothing wrong with that…

      • redsnow

        Paulo Martines you are the man !!!! defend our institution and department .. our supervisor in house keeping assign you on the back side of the building next week prepared your dust pan and mapped to clean there. By the way thanks for you for give me a share for the container goods you escorting passed in the gate good work your the man!!!

      • mojo76

        i will take the risk of burning this infested house and build a new one if thats the chance the agency will be rid of corrupt employee…..its about time.

      • gaijinpo

        show no mercy to erring employees, every count of corruption should be penalized with a minimum of 10 years imprisonment

      • Ganymede

        Yes! I say scorched earth the BOC. Matagal na yan ganyan at kung sino sinong commissioner na nakunsumisyon jan. Those BOC people whether corrupt or not (since nakisama din sila one way or the other) deserves it. Dapat gunawin na yan gaya ng pagunaw sa Sodom at Gomorrah.

      • barong

        Better an honest and strong willed medical technologist than a corrupt bureaucrat heads BOC. Sobrang dami ng may sungay sa BOC that corruption is already the day-to-day work habit, and these people are threatened by Biazon. I think its time for corrupt officials and employees of the BOC to be subdued.

      • sabian

        While we’re at it (burning the house down), why don’t we burn everything down. Our gov’t is a mess, our constitution’s outdated. I think it’s time to change everything. Let’s change the constitution and change our govt to parliamentary system. It’s not just the BOC that needs total make over. Our congress is one big sh1t hole where every one can be bought by porkbarrel.

    • FORTHE GOOD

      The Peru model is worth studying.

      It is very true that corruption in the BOC is so deeply rooted for decades and two years of anybody at the helm can not possibly eradicate the culture of corruption.

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      This will definitely reverse the decline in ranking of this country and result to a new Philippines.

    • Teresa Santos

      I don’t see any reason why abolishing the Bureau of Customs can not be done within 6 months. THE GOVERNMENT HAVE TO ACT FAST BEFORE VESTED INTERESTS SCHEME AGAINST THIS. We have to ride the momentum of the recent credit upgrade. THIS ACTION WOULD SEND A STRONG MESSAGE THAT THE PHILIPPINES IS SERIOUSLY TAKING MEASURES TO CURB CORRUPTION.

    • Mario_Garcia

      Well, it did took the British one hundred years to eradicate 95% of the corruption, as for us, why not start now by learning from the other countries maybe it will only take us a few years to do so.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Cisneros/1599527303 Jake Cisneros

      what a brain.. abolish talaga… haha.. eh mas lalong magkakaroon ng smuggling

  • Simon Ward

    Wow. Privatization. Not bad in theory, but just be sure the granting of contracts is not as corrupted as the current system. And don’t ignore the option of reducing import duties which, on some items at least, are so insanely high that giving back-handers to Customs officials is the only way to make sense of being an importer at all.

    • gryzyxwoz

      Yes. Smuggling becomes very lucrative when customs duties on items/products are excessively high.

      • Simon Ward

        Indeed, and that includes being lucrative for corrupt Customs officials. If one were a fan of conspiracy theories, one could even believe that the BOC wants duties as high as possible to encourage back-handers.

  • trav man

    finally!!!!!

  • pedro Bato

    Agreed ako na ma-abolish na yang Bureau of CUS”TONGs” !! Puro demonyo pala naman ang namamahay dyan eh !!

  • Fred Cua

    Gawin na kasi, puro plano eh, next week busy uli ang gobyerno at makakalimutan na naman ito. Wala kasing political will.
    A good example of lacking political will is our current DOTC secretary, when he proposed multiple times that they need to increase the fare in MRT to be able to decongest it and use the additional profits to modernize it, but this idea is unpopular with the commuting public so until now, the MRT is still a mess, a total failure, because Im sure that this secretary doesnt want to compromise his chances of winning the 2016 elections by angering the commuters. NO political will…..Look at Thailand, our twin country in terms of economy managed to solve their transportation problem a bit, train is a quite expensive means of their land transportation but the most convenient one.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Privatizing the customs bureau sounds good and looks good on paper. Upon closer scrutiny however, privatization of the customs bureau does not always lead to cleaner, faster and better customs bureau. That’s because privatization by way of PPP can always be infused with corruption. With PNoy’s propensity to favor KKK, Inc. and other krony-capitalists, we could already foretell what will happen — bigger, fatter and dirtier corruption.

    If Singapore’s PSA will handle this, I think it’s worth considering. Otherwise, this might just be the big project Jackie Enrile was planning to expose.

    • speaksoftlylove

      True on one side of the coin.

      However, no private individual businessman will invest in a private BOC if it continues to suffer loses because of rampant smuggling. In other words, it will now be the private investors who will initiate strict measures to curb corruption and smuggling and not the politicians who are themselves smugglers, one way or the other. Besides, the message of Biazon is clear and that is, he is practically inutile to curb smuggling or any future BOC Commissioner for that matter. If we retain the current scheme then surely, smuggling will even get worse at madali na lang sabihin ni Biazon na “Sinabi ko na sa inyo ang paraan pero mas gusto ninyo yong dating gawi. Bahala kayo.” In the meantime Biazon will continue to be the BOC Commissioner. So, take your pick.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Read my post again. “If Singapore’s PSA will handle this, I think it’s worth considering.”

        Besides, Biazon has not shown the math on the feasibility and viability of his proposal. I wouldn’t trust a med-tech grad like Ruffy Biazon to know much about math or economics. Let’s wait for more details of his much vaunted proposal.

        Some questions you might be able to help me with:

        01. How does privatizing the customs bureau resolve the oil smuggling done with small tankers siphoning off oil from big tankers in international waters?

        02. How does privatizing the customs bureau prevent our coastguards and port police from colluding with smugglers? Does the private customs bureau have control and authority over our coastguard and port police?

        03. Will the private customs bureau be allowed to conduct field investigation to randomly sample and check E-10 all over the Philippines?

      • gryzyxwoz

        You’ve raised some good points. And yes, it’s a good idea to get a foreign entity involved. And maybe a certain percentage of this new privatized outfit should also be offered to the public. The more eyes watching, the better. One thing for sure: we need to beef up our Coast Guard’s capabilities

      • ConcernedCitizenPh

        A private BoC won’t suffer losses. Comissioner Biazon just can’t say directly that the BoC personnel are actually the smugglers in this country.

    • herecomesrusty

      Agreed! We don’t need to find a private company to solve its problem, we just need a stronger leader in BOC!

      • txtman

        THEY ARE WILLING TO ABOLISH AN ENTIRE DEPARTMENT
        THEN BE REPLACE BY KAMAG-ANAK & KAIBIGAN INC?
        AND YET THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO FIRE THE HEAD?
        ANG PERA NGA NAMAN ANO?
        WOW! BILLIONS OF PESOS YAN
        DAMI NA LANG KUKUYAKUYAKOY NIYAN
        WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY GENERAL?
        PITIFUL
        AHAHAHA

      • darbest01

        siguro empleyado ka ng customs…gusto mo business as usual, hehehe

    • Htee

      Oh, you mean JPE, thru jackie….

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Exactly, in retaliation to what they perceive as a demolition job. Let the fight begin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

      Jackie Enrile sucks anyway..his dad’s a big time smuggler at Port Irene too..

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        He does. But I wouldn’t dismiss his “bombshell” if he’s got one. The people around PNoy are not exactly clean.

      • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

        Ask ko lang, if the people around Pnoy are not exactly clean, how do you characterize Gloria and the people around her then? And the dictator Marcos?

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        How does your question resolve the current problem? You’re politicking again.

      • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

        You beg the question too much, you idiot.

      • Janch

        What happened to the bomb he was supposed to expose?

    • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

      Come out with your bombshell of the PNoy government corruption. Otherwise, yours are mere conjectures.
      Magbago ka na. Ikaw din, tatanda ka nang ganyan.

      • Guest

        Check out his posts in other fora. :) Panay anti PNoy kahit non-sequitur

      • gryzyxwoz

        That’s what i said.

      • gryzyxwoz

        Even in other fora, he almost always manages to inject an anti PNoy slant into whatever is being discussed. Siguro kahit UFO at E.T and pinaguusapan, mayroong siyang masasabi na anti-PNoy. In some of these posts, may valid point siya… pero yung nga lang.. almost always, may patama pa rin kay PNoy. PNoy is not perfect, and mayroon rin siyang mga pagkakamali, but to blame him for almost everything… well…. Sa bagay, there are others who share this same penchant. It’s a free country after all.

        Politics (or perception) aside, anything made by man can be “corrupted” or undone. The real challenge is how to put in a safety mechanism that can minimize the possibilities of tampering or corruption

    • ernievictory

      ungas ka pala e . makikita mo ba sa panahon ni gloria , estrada at iba pa ang ganitong usapan . HINDI hunghang !!! sa PNoy admin lang gumagawa ng serious efforts to clean the government. support ang kailangan ni ruffy . mabuting tao at mailinis siya. sadya lang hindi bigla biglang masisibak ang mga sindikato at maduming systema sa customs …

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        But you’re not answering my question. You have comprehension issues.

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      Yes, such change should be fool proof so that whatever happens to this country the future generations of Filipinos will benefit from a politics-free and corrupt free Customs office.

  • speaksoftlylove

    With this news, I may have to change my perception on the person of the BOC Commissioner. But that would only be true if and when all what he is talking here becomes a reality. You see, one of the revelations exposed by Biazon is the scheme where smugglers just forfeit their goods when apprehended by the BOC and then rig and win the ensuing bidding. This is the sad reality that has been happening in the BOC since time immemorial. I have a personal knowledge in this scheme when I handled one case which has heard in the Legal Department of the BOC only once. When the apprehended merchandize was bid, there were no other bidders so the smugglers themselves got their own smuggled goods through a dummy bidder. A clever and vicious oft-repeated scheme.

    By exposing this scheme, Biazon earns high praises but at the same time will earn the ire of those politicians in the administration who are backers or financiers of these smugglers. In the process, Biazon indirectly admits that he can not do anything about smuggling of whatever product, or any BOC Commissioner in the future, for that matter. The revelation is clear. It’s the politicians who are brains of these vicious and hideous malady in the Philippines that has been bleeding our coffers. His suggestion for the abolition of the BOC and replacing it with a new Office solely independent by retaining 3% of it’s collection to deodorize itself from any political clout, is the best remedy that I’ve heard so far from any administration official. Biazon must be supported in this endeavor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/abelardo.mordeno Abelardo Mordeno

      I AGREE WITH THIS ON RIGGED AND CORRUPT SYSTEM IN BIDDING AND THIS IS NOT ONLY HAPPENING AT THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS BUT IN ALL AGENCIES IN THE GOVERNMENT. IN THIS CASE PRIVATIZE THE ENTIRE BUREAUCRACY TOO INCLUDING GOVERNANCE…TSK TSK TSK… MALALA NA SITWASYON NATIN

  • isellnuts

    Do it now for Christ sake!

  • axe musk

    THIS IS A VERY WELCOME MOVE BY THE GOV’T. KASI KAHIT SINO ILAGAY MO NA MAMUNO, KUNG ANG UGAT NG “KURAKOT E MATIBAY NA SA LOOB” E WALA RING MANGYAYARI!!! IN THIS WAY, LAHAT NG MGA MATATANDA NA SA AHENSYANG ITO E MAWAWALA NA, NA SIYANG NAGLALASON SA ISIPAN NG MGA BAgONG PASOK NA EMPLEYADO KAYA LAHAT SILA MULA SA JANITOR AT SIKYU, LAHAT PANGUNGURAKOT NASA ISIPAN… KAYA PAG IABOLISH NA ANG CUSTOM, DAPAT PALIT TAO MULA SA PINAKA MABABA HANGGANG SA PINAKA MATAAS PRA WALANG LASON NA HAHALO SA BAGONG AHNENSY NA PAPALIT DITO…

    PAGKATAPOS IABOLISH, THEN I-LIFESTYLE CHECK LAHAT NG MGA EMPLEYADO KASAMA ANG MGA JANITOR, SIKYU, TEA BOY, LAHAT2 NA…. CGURADO MY MGA UNEXPLAINED WEALTH ANG MGA IYAN….

    • Htee

      ISANG TANONG,
      SINO ANG MAMUMUNO SA HIRING….
      SA HIRING PALANG, MAGKAKALAGAYAN NA…

      • Marx Louis Wang

        Para na ring sinabihan ang foreign investors na huwag silang mag-invest sa atin.

      • bicolokano

        CSC ? ^_^

      • Count du Fount de Cakes

        CBCP daw ang mamumuno! hehehe

  • superpilipinas

    If customs is privatized, how do you make the private company accountable. It is a expensive $tupid idea.

    The perception that the administration is in connivance with this smuggling is just getting stronger. Aquino and his allies will not replace Biazon with a capable and transparent chief. Why? Are they benefiting from the smuggling? They want a private institution. Why? So they can now use relatives or cronies to to protect the smuggling and will become untouchable and will not have to answer to the public?

    The root cause of the problem is not because the bureau is government run. If it is the root cause, then all government bureaus would be as bad as BoC. But it is not the root cause. Should we privatize PNP because an incompetent police director could not prevent corruption?

    The root cause is not the corrupt rank and file. The root cause is that the leader is not qualified for the job. For whatever reason, corrupt or incompetence, he is not able to lead and improve the bureau including the elimination of the corrupt or incompetent rank and file. Being the chief, there is nothing that can prevent him.

    This administration has always failed to solve problems by eliminating the root cause. SO WHY VOTE FOR TEAM PNOY. It just patches problems instead of fixing them. It always uses the “condom approach”.

    • anu12345

      Cool ka lang, ate Glo

  • mabyrik

    That would be awesome. And give salaries to the employees of the new agency something that they will miss in case they are kicked out.

    It can be done if and only if, there’s a political will and knowing Pnoy who never turns his back against formidable oppositions, including the powerful church, he showed he has the will.

    And please, do not employ former custom employees.

    Hire new graduates and there must be a thorough background check to ensure only the best and the most idealistic individuals can enter that new office. This new office needs dedicated, honest and trustworthy workers.

    The corruption in BOC is so ingrained in that agency that no amount of re-organization can change that. It must be abolished, NOW!!!

    • Htee

      Pards, dyan sa hiring, palakasan nanaman ang mangyayari, dahil sa malaki ang sweldo… Baka mga anakanakan din ang pupwesto o anak ng mga generals, patay pa rin tayo dyan….hehehehe

      • kangsongdaeguk

        then, let’s prod them to include a provision against that.

    • kapayapaan_1900

      Agree, but a big NO to privatization and a big YES to complete
      computerization using the best software system, a new agency with a new set of
      highly qualified officers and employees who must pass a thorough competitive
      examinations. Applicants recommended by politicians are outright disqualified.

    • boldyak

      i agree except “…political will and knowing Pnoy who never turns his back against formidable oppositions”…..he can’t turn his back against his uncle…

  • dummier

    para sa kin hinde na kelangan i abolish. katakot takot na entrapment lang madaling mahuli na yan. pag nahuli parusahan (yan ang KEY jan) i dump sa isang dedicated website para i condemn. i rotate ang mga namumuno by random. mag hire ng regular auditor from neighboring countries. pag stable na, next step eh i automate, bawasan na ang budget.

  • dummier

    kahit sino mamuno, i abolish, i privitize etc – hanggat naba bypass at hinde napaparusahan ang involved, uulit at uulit yan. ang illegal vendor pag hinde mo pagmultahin ng 50k php, bukas anjan ulet yan. lets do singapore style pag me sala me parusa kaya santo ang karamihang mga noypi abroad. but kudos to biazon for his effort to clean boc.

    • Ganymede

      Agree! Napakamura ng multa dito satin. Unlike in Singapore mamumulubi ka talaga, kaya takot mga tao gumawa ng kalokohan. In this case sa BOC, mukhang mahihirapan tayong pausahan isa isa ang mga yan dahil dadaan pa sa husgado etc. Praktikal na rin itong naisip ni Biazon, tanggalin lahat sa trabaho ang mga hinayupak. Mawalan sila ng kabuhayan.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Yeah! get rid all of them! Cut the snake by the neck!

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Death penalty ang minimum na parusa. Ang maximum??? Death penalty pa rin para walang pagpipilian. Lahat ng mga ninakaw babawiin pati na saplot ng mga anak at asawa.

  • Mita

    Nice idea Comm. Biazon. Get rid of the snake pit that is Customs and privatize. This will allow the new handlers to streamline operations and make it high-tech so that fewer employees who can be paid higher are needed. Computerization and installation of cameras to monitor activities is a must. I foresee a lot of wrangling, protests and possibly court cases before all this can be achieved but good luck on its implementation, hopefully before 2016.

  • dodong1

    let’s do it now…also abolish bureau of immigration….

  • kevv33

    A very good proposal indeed to completely overhaul the corrupt system. The Pnoy government should lose no time for the implementation of a new system which will prove popular to the majority of the populace.

    • regd

      Absolutely! I’m applying. To kill all virus, format the system.

      • gryzyxwoz

        Spot on!

      • turkak

        to kill the virus kailangan unahin mo si noynoy abnoy siya ang pianakamalaking virus sa bansa. Protector ng mga smuggler yan.

      • Guest

        Tauhan ka siguro ni mike arroyo, no?

      • gikiness

        IKAW ANG UNAHIN, MGA BUGOK NA MADALING MABRAINWASH NG MGA BLACK PROPAGANDA

    • http://www.facebook.com/per.fernandez Per Fernandez

      it did during the time of cory.but it did not solve.alisin ang lahat na tao dyan not abolish the agency.

      • tilney

        No the late President Cory was not able to dissolve the BOC because they ran to the court but I think it is possible if they will replace this with another agency or by having all of the employees assets to investigated not on just some employees /officials.

      • http://www.facebook.com/per.fernandez Per Fernandez

        not particularly the boc but the other agency but there were still corrution. the corruption is not the agency but the people who are in that agency. pag may corruption sa SC iabolish ba natin yan?SA CONGRESS?ANG TAO ANG NANGURAKOT HINDI ANG AHENSYA.

    • Rito E. Bombeo

      They should also overhaul all corrupt bureaus and agencies of the government, the BIR, DEPED, DPWH to name a few. These are all milking cows of corrupt officials.

      • http://www.facebook.com/yda.secillano Yda Secillano

        tapos? ipapaubaya lahat sa private companies? payayamanin pa natin lalo sila? imbes na sa budget ng govt. mapunta?

    • turkak

      di mangyayari yan, magagalit kay pinoy abnoy ang mga campaign financier niya na mga smugglers tulad ni Lucio lao Co. Baka si Biazon pa ang ma-abolish sa position niya at sibakin siya ni Abnoy Noynoy. Kaya ba nila kasuhan si Enrile na nagpapatakbo ng smuggling ng imported cars sa Port Irene ? takot lang ni abnoy sa kanya.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002817994496 James Clavio

        Mukhang korek ka turkak. Ano kaya sa palagay mo ang dapat gawin sa BOC mukhang ikaw na ang susi sa problema?

    • Pluma Mana

      naaahhh! i don’t think it’s a very good idea…it’s a super excelent one!!..and it’s need to be implemented NOW!!!.. when i said now it means at this very minute…ORA MISMO!!!!

    • Pedro_Gil

      Biazon, get out of BOC so the next competent commissioner can do his/her job, we need a commissioner who is accountable and knowledgeable with experience and necessary education. we need immediate change and direction. You’ve been given a chance your qualification and experience doesn’t add-up to the position. You need to be a ms Henares to become a good administrator for BOC and who can get back the trust of the Boss (people). We are sorry, you got to go, mahiya ka na sa sarili mo.

  • jdelacruz13

    what !!! privatization !!! dadami lalo kalokohan at hindi ito kontrolado ng gobyerno . ngayon nga under ito sa gobyerno hindi nila maayos lalo pa kaya pag wala na sila ? hayzzz galing talaga mag-isip nasa gobyerno natin .
    ang dapat gawin diyan ay pagtatanggalin mga corrupt na opisyal po .

  • herecomesrusty

    It’s a myth that we are more corrupt and less disciplined than people from developed nations. I’ve seen it with my own eyes, in the absence of strong law enforcement, people from 1st world will break the law to get ahead. Even as simple as driving the freeway, people will over speed when cops are not watching.
    Law enforcement agencies are so weak in our country, even our government would rather pass the management on the private sector than utilize them for solutions.

    • anu12345

      I believe the subject here is not the general public being corrupt. And your ‘freeway drivers’ is not an example of corruption.

    • superpilipinas

      Exactly. The root cause is either corruption or incompetence or both. But the leaders are chosen because they are suppose to eliminate both.

      PNoy and Biazon are both impotent as far as this smuggling is concerned. Which of the above mentioned cause it is, your guess is as good as mine.

      We need a better president who can appoint a better BoC chief.

      Making the rank and file as the problem is just an excuse. The president, the cabinet secretary, and the chief can always weed them out because they have the power and authority.

  • anu12345

    Abolition and replacing it with a ‘private’ or government one is a good idea but not fool-proof.

    1. How can they be sure that no former officials will be rehired? To be sure, they need some or many of them who know the ins and outs of its operation.

    2. It’s only a matter of time before the new hires will learn to do what their predecessors did. It’s in our blood and a way of life already. Fact.

  • UrHONOR

    IT will reap the same resounding success of privatization of infrastructure projects were FIXERS and COMMISSIONERS abound like flies over a cow dung. A laudable solution that is readily feasible and doable. Ang tiyak na magrereklamo dyan ay yong mga TNL na mga MAGNANAKAW, MANDARAMBONG, at MANGUNGULIMBAT ng bayan. Tapos, para naman makabawi ang sambayanan, ISA-ISAHING imbistigahan ang mga TNL na mga kawani ng BOC na nagpayaman at yumaman sa dugo’t pawis ng mga kabayan. Lahat ng mapatunayang GUILTY ay ikulong at samdamin ang lahat ng nanakaw nila at ibalik sa kaban ni Juan.

  • $14334231

    it’s not that we “might” (your word)…it is that we “SHOULD”….first on the line of being fired….you, of course!……kumusta pala ‘yong pagdalaw at inspeksyon mo sa port irene…wala na ata akong naririnig…..ang aso tumatahimik pag may busalsal sa bibig…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    fire everyone at the Customs Bureau!!!!!!

  • Joseph St John

    I applaud Raffy Biazon for his suggestion to abolish the BoC and place the whole agency to private hands. The reason some employes of BoC are corrupt because most these people are political appointees who are not qualified. The reason they are in BoC because they have political connections and “padrinos” If the agency is placed under private entity these misfits will not survive and only those qualified will be put in place and the “politicos and padrinos” will be a thing of the past.

  • cato_the_younger

    That is a novel idea. It is no longer a question of leadership – whoever sits there, it had always been corrupt. Nothing short of firing everyone and replacing it will change it. Probably to encourage better collection, the private agency who would run it can get incentives based on the collection.

  • Cobra

    get rid of customs completely,with free trade agreements becoming the norm customs & duties will be removed anyway.Put an entirely new body to monitor illegal shipments like drugs & weapons.Tax can be recovered by consumption taxes instead.

    • agaylaya

      Agree, agree, agree!! Pati income tax alisin na rin. Masmalaki pa nga yung income tax ng mga empleyado than the employer who can manipulate his financial reports under the guidance of the BIR agents themselves.

  • Harle Quin

    grabe.. what happen to you guys.. this is all just propaganda…. to give an graceful exit for Mr. Biazon and for the appointment of Mr. Ping Lacson…… =(

  • Harle Quin

    but i agree with weder weder lang.. his opinion is worth reading. watch out for KKK Inc and Krony-Capitalist……. or shall i say.. watch out for Ping Lacson in the picture……. ups.. do i hear it again…. Ping Lacson for president????? huwag naman sana….. please….

  • Hey_Dudes

    Razon Group of Companies or Aboitiz I am sure will salivate on the mere thought the custom services will be bid out. I agree with others saying if it is a local company with the same integrity as that of Singapore’s PSA, no doubt, it may just do the work and ultimately will confirm justification in snuffing the life of a useless corrupt agency called Bureau of Customs. It should be a company obligated giving government billions in collections per year without government interfering in how the private firm runs it. However, and here again is our albatross, any Filipino private firm most likely will not change anything boiling down to our culture of corrupt people no two ways about it. We are hopeless no matter what we do. Who do you think is to blame for it?

  • KappaPhiPhi

    siyempre, only one of the usual taipans will get the deal. imagine all their imports will come in free. and what is gen lim in there for? pa coup-coup pa during the time of cory and gma because of rampant corruption. eh, ngayon nga, 1000 % increase in smuggling and he is nowhere to be found.

  • quirinomayer

    If the replacement system and office will also be manned by Filipinos, you can be sure it’s just the same dog with a different collar. Filipinos are hopelessly corrupt. So the new system should be fully manned by foreigners. Now if after some years and the collections at the BOC is multiplied many times over, then we should consider amending the Constitution to allow the hiring of a foreigner to be president and also cabinet members of this country.

    The curse on this country are us Filipinos ourselves. Let there be an exchange of population of Japan and the Philippines and in no time at all, the Philippines will become first world. But faster than lightning, Japan would become third world.

  • tata_boy

    Biazon for president…..

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Ano ba yan!!! Para kasing isang sakit na tulad ng cancer ang katiwalian na nagaganap sa departamentong yan. Ang cancer is walang kagalingan parang HIV. Mali o tama man ako, hindi ko alam. Nasa ugali iyan ng bawat isang kawani na nandiyan. Hindi man gawain ng namumuno kung ang pinagpupunuan ay may sakit na kleptomania sira at damay ang kalahatan. Ang sistema pa naman sa atin, kapag nahuli ka, tangal ka lang sa trabaho at ang ninakaw mo o salaping nakuha sa anumang maruming paraan ay hindi na hahabulin pa. Kaya ang paggawa ng mali ay very encouraging.

  • go88

    And what KKKompany will have the privilege of taking care of the customs bureau? Pick your choice:

    -The Razon Group of Companies

    -SMC

    -Aboitz

    -….

  • farmerpo

    Reading this article, Biazon has, for the most part, hit the nail spot on. The root of the BOC corruption problem is indeed way down the system. Clerks, inspectors, appraisers, etc. Way back in early 90’s then Commissioner Parayno tried to stem the corruption by computerization but hit the brickwall and was not able to go an inch. I hope this time, as Biazon have outlined, he can, with the help and support of the GOOD Politicians (if any at all), do what should be done. All income generating offices of the government should be financially autonomous so that poiticians can’t stick their not so clean fingers in them. Political appointees and people recommend by politicians for government employees should be avoided like the spanish flu. Then and only then can corruption be eliminated.

  • Katuwiran lang

    I am for this 100%. Go, go, go……. Tingnan natin kung may political will si Pnoy.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Go ahead. Just do it!

  • mavtan

    This is the main reason why there are people who wants Biazon out of custom, and these people are actually those businessman/smuggler who will loose all their contact in customs if it is dissolved. Well looks like their days are numbered, mayayaman na naman mga empleyado dyan kaya wala dapat pangambahan sa kanila.

  • Katuwiran lang

    Just do it!

  • observer1356

    in simple terms: PURGE! that’s what’s needed in a number of government agencies…
    4 decades ago, i’ve been telling friends that i thought the most effective option seems to be purging the whole system… the whole government.. well, i’m glad that now, it can start with BOC…

  • randyaltarejos

    Go ahead. I believe this plan will work out well if the Bureau of Customs is privatized. Pay all the employees their separation and retirement pay, including accumulated leave credits, to those retiring officials and employees. That’s the most effective way to re-start anew. I think one of the problems that make it doubly difficult for the BOC commissioner to implement his plans is because most of the officials and rank-and-file just can’t do away with corruption as a means to sustain their extravagant lifestyles at the expense of the taxpayers’ money. Besides, many of the BOC employees are protected under the civil service laws, especially those who are holding plantilla positions. Kicking them out is not that easy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abelardo.mordeno Abelardo Mordeno

    THIS IS NOT ONLY HAPPENING AT THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS BUT IN ALL AGENCIES IN THE GOVERNMENT. IN THIS CASE PRIVATIZE THE ENTIRE BUREAUCRACY TOO INCLUDING GOVERNANCE…TSK TSK TSK… MALALA NA SITWASYON NATIN

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Then start the “Overhaul” as you’ve said Mr. Biazon..don’t waste time.. every single day you’ve waste is a million peso money that goes to the smugglers and syndicates.

  • http://twitter.com/brixvillapando brix villapando

    I abolish na rin ang Congress (Senate and House) mas malala ang corruption jan,,,ang pork ipinambibili lang ng mansion, lupa, sports car at babae…..

  • rickysgreyes

    Abolish na yan

  • paulo

    the problem with Biazon is that he wants to burn the whole house when there is a defective chandelier in the living room. Let us face it, he failed to meet his target for the year. He also failed to stop smuggling. he is clearly the one to blame. the problem is, he is a medical technologist graduate. what is he doing in customs?

    • Pedro_Gil

      Very good comment!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riz-Manas/1414555877 Riz Manas

    Approved!!!!!!!!!!

  • paulo

    and how could privatization solve smuggling? if this private company fails to meet its targets and curb smuggling, what is the next move? dissolve that private company and make it public again? Huh? HUH? this is the dumbest idea i ever read in years…..

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      It will solve the problem because BoC itself is the smuggler. No one just can’t say this straight to the point.

  • paulo

    Biazon is willing to burn the whole house just because he failed to meet his target and failed to curb smuggling. He should be the one to be fired. and besides, what if the private company fails to meet its target and curb smuggling, would it be abolished too? this is the problem if a medical technologist graduate like Biazon heads an agency totally unrelated to the medical field. He should be fired!

    And please, Mr. Administrator here, please stop censoring my comments. You are so obviously an administration lackey

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Resistance will come from customs employees themselves of course. Kahit na entry level pa lang na clerk sa sangay na ito ay corrupt na. In their dealings with customers, saulado na nila ang linya na”Sir, Mam, ok na po lahat maliban na lang kung gusto niyong magbigay ng pang-meryenda”.
    Pang-meryenda?
    Para sa kaalaman ng lahat, hindi po cheap mag-meryenda ang mga taga customs.

  • Jeanne Thompson

    Will Congress have a hand on this? If yes,. I do hope they tackle and approve this as soon as the session starts.

    So it will be important that PNoy’s allies win Congressional seats.

  • elgeepee

    DO IT ASAP IF THAT IS THE BEST!

  • kunsabagay

    at the rate the BOC has been run before, this might not be a bad idea

  • CheapJ

    How about abolishing pork barrel too? This is more realistic than abolishing Congress.

  • Beguine

    Aw, crap. This is like a ruse and a joke.

    Abolishing the department, but the same people including Biazon are having a go at it again.

    In other words, it’s all gonna be back to square one.

    Nothing changed, nothing gained.

    The corruption simply starts all over again.

  • Benigno the Turd

    If you notice, one of the consistent solutions proposed is that salaries if government employees should be exempted from the Salary Standardization Law . To quote the article, “Moreover, the proposal states that, if possible, the employees of the new organization will be exempted from the Salary Standardization Law. With the exemption, it can pay its employees relatively higher salaries than what regular government agencies pay their staffs.
    Giving high salaries is one way of shielding customs officers and employees from temptation, Biazon said.” So it really acknowledges what every reformist needs to think about. If you want professional service, give professional-level pay. It’s time to once again scale up government rank and file pay to current living conditions.

  • Hellomr

    Ok let’s do it. That s the only way to get rid of all corrupt official and employees , lets include those in airport customs as well…

  • ninestrokes

    I hope the private institution that eventually replaces the Bureau of Customs would not hire the same employees currently serving in the bureau. Huge bunch of crooks if I ever saw one.

  • Noypi11

    Abolition of te Bureau of Customs and replacing it with a private entity is an idea worth looking into. Any change should be done before Pnoy’s end of term. Any change is better than the present system.

  • $18209031

    Bureau of Customs, dyan madaling makapera ng mga empleyados.

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      Magpa-xerox ka nga lang at kung di mo alam ang sistema tititigan ka lang.

  • kevin

    That would be a good idea,,implement it at once,,bad idea for some corrupt official…

  • zeroko

    PPP OR PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP HAS SHOWN IT’S UGLY HEAD AGAIN. TREASON! PNOY IS GUILTY OF TREASON! TRAITOR1 Instead of improving the performance of Customs, here we are giving it to the private Chinese group. Very bright talaga si PNoy. His expertize is to sell the Philippines to China.

  • chemist45

    Do it now. For another 1B will be lost tomorrow.

  • altair22

    Finally!!! Yes!! Please go for it, sir. You have my full backing.

  • tra6Gpeche

    I had criticized Mr. Biason for not resigning from his post. I have to admit that such was a mistake. On the contrary, he should be applauded for showing honesty, courage, new and bold ideas and foresight. Yes, the only way of eliminating all the corruptions and smuggling in the BOC is to abolish the entire bureau. I hope this happens soon! I salute you, Mr. Biazon.

  • Telecom Snooper Super

    IT’S ABOUT TIME! MR. BIAZON YOU ARE A DAVID AMONGST GOLIATH OF EVIL & CORRUPT PEOPLE! SLING ALL THOSE OPPOSING YOUR PLANS OF REFORMS IN THE BUREAU! GOOD WORK!

  • walang pakundangan

    pwede…

  • JOHNCeneza

    The Proposal is woth studying but some points should be considered

    * The Private owner of the new agency should not be doing the smuggling themselves.

    * If the venture will fail, make sure that the government will not be made the guarantor of the private entity where it will need to rescue or guarantee the profitability of the agency

    * Make sure no albitrary imposition of fees on items just to get higher profit.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    with automation we get rid of temptations of earning money illegally. we deal with computers and less greedy employees. privatization should be done with more care and due diligence. good luck to ruffy and all.

  • lolo_Jose

    ISA sa magandang balita iyan!!! At sana sa lalong madaling panahon na!!! Ang BOC kasi pinamumugaran ng mga ganid at hayok na mga empleyado mula noon pa..

    Kapitbahay namin dito sa Batangas, guwardiya lang diyan sa BOC aba ang lintek yumaman at ang kotse dalawa!!!

    ANG matino na mamumuno diyan ay pagkakaisahan ng mga lintek na corrupt na empleado at sisirain at palilitawin na siya ang me diperensiya, minsan magbabayad pa ng full page ad sa diyaryo ang mga ganid para mapatalsik ang matinong namumuno kaya
    palit ng palit ang nangyayari…

  • divictes

    Do it soon before the maggots activate Plan B.

  • shane54emil

    Abolish Customs? I think it’s a waste of time… But try first to put Kim Henares as Customs Chief,,,she’s a woman but she’s tough…I trust her. She means business…

  • isidro c. valencia

    Mr. Biazon’s proposals have long been staying in the air waiting for someone who has the galls and balls to do it.

    Dirty politicians have never detached themselves from never ending source of dirty money. Why on heaven, Bureau of Customs have never been changed except when World Bank (or a certain world finance organization) provided funds for computerization.

    But that computerization was not fully implemented for certain reasons that might have benefited other parties.

    What about the connivance of customs brokers (licensed or unlicensed) with BoC and principals? Customs brokerage laws should be strengthened in line with the abolition of the Bureau of Customs.

    P-Noy should consider it URGENT BILL. But a new law should be insulated the agency from politicians, erring businessmen, and foreign interventions.

    PINAKA IMPORTANTE: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER THE TAIPANS OR THEIR DUMMIES SHOULD OPERATE THE NEW AGENCY (BUREAU OF IMPORT AND EXPORT):

    Time to say goodbye to Bureau of Customs. Rest in Peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/estrella.segarranavera Estrella Segarra Navera

    A very laudable move. We graduate so many idealistic young men and women in the academe who would like to serve this country very well only to find out corruption is deeply rooted in the government bureaus. Just imagine the disillusionment the young have to go through. Let us support our countrymen who wants to improve our systems in government rather than pulling them down. Do we want other nationals to control our country?

  • Guest

    It is true that we can’t blame Biazon only, matagal na ang culture of corruption sa customs. Dapat taaga linisin na completely…

  • BatangSingapore

    DAPAT LANG NA BUWAGIN ANG LAHAT NG EMPLEYADO NG CUSTOM KASAMA ANG HEPE NILA. SUBALIT HINDI ITO DAPAT ANG HEADLINE GAYON SIMULA NA NG ABSENTEE VOTING NG MGA FILIPINO SA ABROAD. ANO BA YAN MAY NEWS BLACKOUT DAHIL NAGKAKADAYAAN NA SA ABROAD.

  • 2rey3

    WRONG. Whether private or public, what determines the outcome of how an entity is managed are the people running it. If this is the logic that privatizing the function of the Bureau of Customs is the solution in order to eliminate corruption, why not privatize all government agencies??? DPWH is a classic case of a government agency which has outdone its usual self due to the right leadership. Pag i privatize and customs, who will control it among the politicians and political businessmen????

  • ApoLapullapu

    I support privatization. The problem is not only about people. It is the system that provides the attraction, rationalization and opportunity for corruption.

  • tyurl

    Huwaw! Go lang. Abolish customs and automate all the necessary procedures!

  • ingbilat

    this must be the most sensible thing to do so far! way to go, “just do it”!

  • Ric Atencia

    Abolishing the BOC is not the answer. Controlling the politicians who influence, peddle and coerce the BOC officials and staff should be the primary aim.

    A number of top ranking military officers, who are idealistic and true patriots, resigned from the military because of politicians and high ranking and well connected business person would not let them do their job.

    For example: a military operation to apprehend an illegal shipment of rice from Vietnam was stopped upon a telephone call by influential person. This person is not from the BOC, but a very influential person whom this military officer did not reveal.

    Before getting rid of the whole BOC, PNoy must get rid first of these politicians and influential people who have abused their authority and role in the society.

    A lot of BOC employees and officials could not do their job as to be ideal government staff because of these corrupt politicians. If you disagree with the order, particular staff would be in the hot seat. The culture is undeniably wrong at the BOC, but it should start from those higher than them, i.e. corrupt politicians, abusive business person, the greedy, those who do not fear and trust God Almighty, and those who are bound to endless torment for wealth accumulated through smuggling, misdeclaration and other acts of plunder and economic sabotage.

    Clean the political machinery first before cleaning the BOC. Do you think that private company that will replace the BOC would be able to handle the very strong political influence of the elite, of the politicians and those who have gold, guns and goons?

    We would only be replacing one bad culture with another bad one. Whoever is on the to of the structure that is perpetrating this bad culture should be weeded out first. BOC, being just the messenger, could do nothing with these bad elements, would the private one be able to do control them? I bet you NOT.

  • $30075310

    This plan is long overdue. Get on with it. We are tired of status quo. Privatized it the soonest!

  • carlcid

    Biazon would rather abolish the entire Bureau of Customs than admit to his own shortcomings as its head.

    • jat2x

      Kaya nga siya nag propose na i-abolish ang BOC eh, di man niya direktang sinabi, aminado siya na di niya kayang sugpuin ang corruption sa naturang ahensiya.

  • ODAPAIN

    BURN the bridges ,the only solution dont let them come back ! AWESOME if they get this done

  • jessica chan

    It’s not the only agency that needs to be abolished. Higher wages and a percentage of the earnings is not enough to replace the BILLIONS these crooks make every year.

    • jga94

      Hmmmm….what else needs to be abolished?—the entire agency na nga will be abolished….

  • Marcos5

    Please include Bureau of Immigration esp. Naia personnels they are letting drug syndicates enter the Philippines…. while Bureau of Customs victimizing hardworking Ofw’s coming from the middle east.

  • jga94

    Yes, I agree that there has to be something drastic done to be able to curb corruption at BOC—-sobrang nasa kultura na ng mga taga customs ang corruption….they (not all of course) amoral, hedons…..

    This is a good concept but a concept that needs careful, diligent planning…

    As I understand it, yung customs people have licenses….I wonder how many have these licenses?Because if the entire thing will be abolished….who will the new agency hire?Eh may” qualifications” na yung nasa BOC…baka sila din ang i-hire….wala ring mangyayari….

    How would the process of selecting who will run the new agency be done—-for one thing, there should be transparency….kasi baka mamaya some dummy or well-entrenched company runs this….eh ganoon pa rin…..

    Isama na nila BIR, POEA, at BI

  • Billy Reyes

    Put them in my XBox Call of Duty I start shooting them

  • mumbaki ak

    DO IT MAN!

  • gryzyxwoz

    This should have been done long ago, right after the EDSA I revolution, when the government had revolutionary powers.

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    Bakit kyo maniniwala sa akiller admin n ito? para lang me masabing nagiisip, di yan gagawin,panguuto lang ito

  • gryzyxwoz

    This is true in practically all government entities plagued by corruption. Changing the head will not really make a big difference because rank-and-file employees and officers (the “career” employees) whose tenures span succeeding administrations — are able to stay on longer, and perpetuate the cult of corruption.

  • speedstream2

    A new customs agency? Why not? Previous and current efforts to reform the current agency have been and are abject failures. So why not take the ultimate solution: start from scratch? Like they say, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Let’s get it done asap.

  • hpprint

    go abolished it now!

  • nparvus1202

    Private company? Di ba puro private companies ang smugglers? Na KKKs ng ABNoy? So ibibigay ni ABNoy sa KKKs niya ang custom?

  • verconti

    i applaud biazon for this..

  • tiriring

    Obese crocodiles are common sights at the BOC.
    Maraming mga kabit pa ang mga yan. Hanep talaga!

  • Kapitanbagwis

    Just do it!!! About time some smart alec think about this scrapping the BOC. This should have been done long time ago. It is long overdue. Now Biazon is talking.
    Just do it ASAP

  • salomeahmad

    New collar, same dog. Any institution is only as good as the people who are running it & unfortunately in PH’s case its plagued by human weaknesses. Privatized the AFP & PNP too, no more $ & Euro generals, only private ones.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    heard my post eh…BOC has antiquated system. bar codes should be used and all transactions should be automated.

  • jimiji

    i think abolishing the boc is just burning part of the house. just burn the whole house down. it’s not only the boc where corruption is deeply rooted.

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      Reform of the BoC is most crucial because it will suck in the Philippine taxation system the huge underground economy that we have. Tax evasion on the subsequent sales of smuggled goods from the importer to the wholesaler to the retailer up to the end-user will stop. The Philippines will also be more attractive to investors because there will be a level playing field in the business sector. Its reform has a multiplier effect that will create rapid progress and development in the Philippines.

      • jimiji

        so you’re saying reforming other government offices is not that crucial? you’re being too selective. as what i have said burn the whole house down. burn part of the house lilipat lang ang anay sa ibang parte ng bahay

      • ConcernedCitizenPh

        I said this is most crucial which means there are others that are also crucial. This reform however may even double government revenues and this is why it is the most crucial.

  • Jomex

    If PNoy pulls this off by abolishing the BoC, he would be really regarded as the best President this country ever had.

  • rudy_boy

    First things first, a bill should be filed to
    amend/supersede the Laws that created BOC.
    (RA 52,1937, PD 689,1464, EO 127,463), that laws/presidential acts that creates
    and shields BOC personnel.

    Let all the aspiring Legislators give their proposals on the
    matter.

    Then we decide, based on their position/opinion , come May 2013
    election.

    BTW, better include the abolition of Bureau of Immigration
    & Deportation (BID ) too.

    What can you say, Madam Laila, David?

  • Paulstronghold

    Good move! Abolition of the whole custom bureau will totally eliminate all the bad eggs that keeps reaping intended revenues for the government . Mas matindi pa sa kanser ang problema sa custom kaya dapat euthanasia ang i-apply. Forced all these government employees into retirement and replace them with automated system of transaction. It is also a wise idea this former organization is privatize to ensure better efficiency. Of course, it may not be a sure guarantee it will totally eliminate rampant corruption but at least being under a private organization and a government agency watching them creates checks and balance. A well-defined policies superimpose on a fully automated machine will clear the once murky water because it can readily pinpoint errors and acccountability.

  • virtualnook

    A detailed background check should be done on all those who will be hired and a regular (and published) lifestyle check should be conducted when employed. Bank account secrecy waiver should be signed by all employees. Employment tenure should be limited (5 years or less). CCTV cameras (ala Big Brother) should be installed in all premises including BOC washrooms with videos fed live and real-time through the internet. And no more bogus media people in the bureau please! New BOC – NOW NA!

  • manongcastro

    Dead man walking. Nobody in BoC will follow Biazon now that he’s planning to put all of them out of work. But i guess, this press release is a desperate move as Biazon is being hit left and right. Biazon is right though, BoC should stand for Bureau of Corruption.

  • chad

    I don’t think I’m comfortable with customs services going to the private sector. Mas delikado kasi in terms of corporate accounting, it can easily “hide” anything they want in the books, parang magiging one big syndicate ang magnanakaw sa government. Open secret din yan sa corporate world. Ganito na lang:

    * Amendment of our Constitution
    * Amendment of TCCP
    * Rigid implementation of automation (lesser people contact the better)
    * STRONG Conviction Rates for Customs Officials and brokers
    * Reinstating Customs as a independent government organization (much like of COA)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricardo.daclan.3 Ricardo Daclan

    Good proposal..hope this would take effect immediately…..BOC must be dissolved.

  • jgl414567

    ABOLISH TH BIR TOO AND INSTITUTE THE SAME DRASTIC REFORM AND FOR THAT MATTER ALL GRAFT RIDDEN GOVERNMENT AGENCY!

  • josh_alexei

    this could be done by assigning the few trusted men and women of the current set up to a Private outsource entity on a contract basis until it is fully established,while the Termites that infested the customs bureau is getting rid of…it can be done and is doable…get on with it…nothing is worse than the current situation..

  • vicmana

    Good idea…but the Press Release is premature. It is now a signal for the corrupt to prepare their “exits” with a big “haul” and have their proteges queue for positions in the new system with the help of a new syndication. Premature or premeditated?

  • matalino matalino

    Who is a good father or leader? Sabi ni Jesus: 1. Holy be your name- malinis ang pangalan- hindi kurakot o kaya plunderer- walang ginawang o kaya ginagawang illegal o immoral 2. Give us this day our daily bread…- highly responsible 3. Lead us not into temptation…- very moral or he leads by good examples.

    I know so many Bureau of Customs Officials na pag nagpapatalo sa sabong- hindi lang thousands of pesos kundi millions of pesos- you know, EASY MONEY! (The Bureau of Customs must be abolished para matanggal lahat ang mga kurakot at mga duwag na officials.)

  • julieboy

    Best idea i have heard so far.It should be done asap..Have all the great legal minds study the retirement and the redundancy of all employees in the department,for the crooks will fight it for sure but it can be done.The money it can generate will be more than enough to pay off the retirees and get rid of all in customs.It has to be done in that way,complete change,no self interest groups to run it,only professionals and executives that are qualified to operate a money generating corporation.The Govt. wins and the corporation self sustains itself by the income it collects.Win win solution.

  • $18209031

    Masarap maging empleyedo sa Bureau of Customs. Madali ang pera dyan lalo na galing sa importers to expedite flow of goods .

  • $26606290

    At last! Just do it!

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * * *
    As far as the idea of “abolishing” the BOC is concerned, Mr. Commissioner Biazon is taking the public for a ride. It appears to me that—-as some sort of deflecting shield against the criticism he has been receiving lately—– he is taking advantage of the strong public perception and sentiment regarding the scale of the graft and corruption in the BOC, and from that he would like people to jump to the dubious conclusion that graft and corruption in that bureau cannot be addressed by the present legal mechanisms in place because “the guys down there in the front lines are the ones who have the power to perpetuate these things.” As if the power of “supervision and control” is not with the BOC higher-ups and with him, and the President, ultimately.

    Any change in the infrastructure design of our tariff and customs systems can only be done by legislative fiat, by the Congress. Mere mouthing of “insulating” any government process or system from “politics” is not only simplistic, but also a betrayal of one’s own concept of what “politics” is in the first place.

    If he claims that politicians are behind the bulk of the graft and corrupt practices in the BOC, let him come out with the facts, the names, and let the proper indictments be initiated.

    Nay, Mr. Commissioner Biazon. There are distinctions to be made regarding competence, performance, lack of political will, personnel integrity, and systemic problems. As the proverb goes, “a bad carpenter blames his tools.”

    • ESCAPEfmALCATRAZ

      ISA PA ITONG OGAG!

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        * * * * *

        Let’s hear your arguments, Genius!

        We’ve heard your grunt.

  • Magsasaka

    tama yan buwagin ang BOC at ang lahat ng tao dyan ay huwag ng tangapin pa sa ibang sangay ng gobyerno

  • m b

    If this pushed through, this would be the best thing that has happened in the Philippines since democracy! The level of corruption at the Bureau of Customs is truly unbelievable. The amount of money that is stolen daily from the Philippines people is staggering. This is the only way to cure the cancer that exits in the Bureau of Customs.

    The Philippine people should take their hats of to the commissioner for his honesty and integrity. Also, to President Aquino for delivering on his election promises, This would surely be a legacy for President Aquino and it would benefit every single Filipino citizen. Lets keep our fingers crossed and support the privatization of the Bureau of Customs.

    Job well done to Com Biazon, Mar Roxas and President Aquino!

  • t2jr

    in IT lingo, reboot may do a trick in saving a computer, but some viruses can only get rid off if one has to reformat the entire disk, and put in place a new updated operating system. same goes to our bureau of customs here. frequent rebooting may not be a best tool to reinvigorate a moribund system like BOC. The President has the executive power to organize offices under the Executive Department even without the need for Congress, check the provisions of the Appropriations Act.

  • Rizal Bayani

    Do it! Bureau of Immigration should follow.

  • captainramius

    Modesty aside I have been for so long advocating the privatization of Bureau of customs similar to what the govt did in the water service for Metro Manila, given to Ayala and DMCI look what happened water becomes available and service improve tremendously.

    Its a cancer that cannot be cured by appointing a white knight to head the custom you got to overhaul this and change every single staff there there is no other way

    My previous proposal is privatize the admin and operations functions , and the audit function give this to non filipinos auditors say the very straight and clean Singaporeans or Japanese.

    You are in the right direction commissioner.

  • Palparan

    abolish too the Commission on Human Rights… next to BoC, CHR is an inutile organization benifited by terrorist and communist groups

  • Horst Manure

    The less government run bodies you have the better for all, push for free enterprise and let that body decide whats good for them to be efficient with incentives.

  • Peter Lim

    Another way of fighting corruption is do what China is doing, if caught & found guilty their head would be chop off w/in a week!!!

  • duralex_sedlex

    after the bureau of customs the government must also act to clean or abolish the BIR, BID, DPWH, AFP, DOH, DECS what else halos lahat naman ng gov’t agency maraming corrupt. yang congress nating kengkoy i-abolished na rin mabuti pa wag ng mag election tutal wala rin namang kwenta ang mga nakaupo dyan na congressmen at senators na mga hari at reyna ng corruption. napakalaki ng budget nila pero ang output ng nagagawa nilang batas na halos wala rin namang kwenta kasi ang utak nila naka focus sa “pork barrel” na dapat na rin tanggalin para mawalan na ng interes ang mga buwaya. mabuti pa siguro mag create na lang rin ng isang institution na mag legislate ng mga batas. how about the LGU’s naku almost puro corrupt rin yang governors, mayors at iba pang local officials na ginawa ng family business ang position sa government. the best way ay alisin rin yang local government officials. bakit sa ibang bansa hindi naman uso yang mga governor, mayor at other positions pero maganda ang pagpapatakbo nila ng gobyerno? malaki ang matitipid ng gobyerno at posible na direktang makinabang ang tao kaysa naman sa bulsa ng mga buwaya na matagal ng pinagsasamantalahan ang posisyon sa gobyerno.

  • JC

    This is great proposal. I hope it will be done as soon as possible. Kung ang problem ay nagmumula na sa ugat, dapat lamang na ito ay patayin.

  • whyinthisworld

    Suggest to implement that proposal. By the way, Philpos at NAIA manned by BOC personnel are very hungry, very strict and very corrupt. They tax all kinds of items, used or new (not in commercial quantity) coming in that passes thru it as parcel cargo.
    First they will check your merchandise then charge you higher tax. To reduce you have to talk to their boss for a lower tax. Seems they operate that area as if they own it.

  • el_latigo

    By all means professionalize all graft-ridden gov’t agencies by privatizing them! They are also more efficient and not prone to being peopled by corrupt politicians who tend to reward their loyal underlings after they have won the elections with jobs in gov’t though most of these are not at all qualified and do not fit in their organization.

  • JACSy

    rotate the employee regularly to different sites with different people.

  • $22369910

    Yes please.

  • http://twitter.com/sanjuro3410 butch ignacio

    well if your going to do abolish it you need to be quick on your toes and i mean QUICK!!!! time is running out for the aquino administration. wasn’t BOC created by does congress needs to ratify in order for it to be abolished!? and then there’s a chance that an employee of BOC might go to SC and file a TRO to stop from being abolished GOOD LUCK!!!

  • wakats

    I support with gusto the planned abolition of the corrupt-ridden BOC and let a private entity perform its functions. The government will benefit in the form of ten-fold increased revenues that can be used to finance the separation pay of the affected civil service personnel.

    I tip my buli hat to Daang Matuwid…….

  • DonQuixoteDeRizal

    Enough of the talking. Just do it.

  • pinoynga

    Abolition of Bureau of Customers? Sounds pretty good to me. It’s the best thing I ever heard so far in many years of nothingness and corruption in this bureau. Now na!

    A totally new private corporation run by newly hired and proven professionals and leaders with revenue as key results area (KRA), among others, is the best solution ever.

    This new “customs” entity can even be structured under the governments PPP and run by team of chosen captains of leading PH industry or top 50 corporation executives. The private sector can help invest on the needed infrastructure and agree on their ROI (return on investments) arrangement with government.

    Close BOC and payout all employees and heads ASAP. The hiring of people for this new entity must be done through a professional head hunter organization.

    I think the government is now on the right track to finally reform customs. Thumbs up!

  • Mario_Garcia

    Learn from CHINA on how they deal with the corrupt officials. Heads came rolling as the new administration was put in place.

  • Natx Bacalzo

    this is the ONLY solution to curb corruption not only in customs but all crocodile-infested govt agencies. And Filipinos support it!

    the abolition should strictly disqualify all existing officials and employees from joining the newly organized customs dept and better still execute all existing employees so that new customs employees will have no one to learn the old corrupt ways from!

  • http://www.facebook.com/donnafayton Donna Fayton

    Its a very good proposal. better eliminate them all cos the whole system is corrupted. This is the most corrupt agency in the Philippines. Better implement and execute FAST!! Now na!

  • 444mangyan888

    only the likes of pipol in this administration can have the gall to openly suggest such thing…if this not MATUWID i don’t know what could be..!!!
    DO IT…!!!

  • Timbuktu & Kiribati

    Sa wakas may pagasa na kaming mga OFW na maaasahan mula sa ating government ang pagbabalik ng tiwala at kaunlaran para sa nakararaming marangal na kababayan. Patnubayan po tayong lahat ng Diyos sa tuwid na daan.

  • yyzxyz

    Just do it already! The best idea so far. I hope it does not remain as such; put it into fruition.

  • tilamsik

    BEST IDEA EVER!!!! Please implement soonest…. and it must include those in the airports… shameless faces of corruption!

  • dodong1

    why not abolish the congress, and the senate also get rid of all the corrupt, uneducated, movie stars…new qualification all must be a lawyer

    • yumcha08

      dodong1 must be one of ‘em -lawyers. If the stats is correct, congress n senate , have been infested with lawyers since creation. That it has become another bigtime symbol of corruption is a testament of what brilliant jobs pinoy lawyers are capable of. ‘..rid of all the corrupt’..definitely.Of ‘..uneducated,movie stars’ ..maybe. But ‘..all must be lawyers!’- heck , ‘NO’!

      • dodong1

        why not at least all them knows the meaning of judicial, legislative laws…half of them or more does have a clue what they are talking about ..i.e. manny pakyaw, lito lapid, tito sotto…

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    this is what you call a grace exit for biazon for being a good soldier of the palace

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * *
    If there’s anything or anyone that ought to be privatized, it is Mr. Commissioner Biazon.
    He should become a private citizen right away.

    All these babbling about abolition and privatization will not come to pass unless Congress acts and passes the pertinent legislation.

    Replace Mr. Biazon with somebody who has the courage and ability to do the job.
    People forget that Mr. Biazon is a politician himself. Aside from being the son of one, too.

  • wysiwyg81

    Ang araw ng kasamaan at may wakas din. Thank God there are still good people in government. Without corruption our government will truly bring our country forward.

  • TOMA_NA

    This solution should work and this must be implemented ASAP while Pnoy is still in power. If (God Forbids) Binay wins the 2016 Presidential Elections, you will definitely see a lot of corrupt practices coming back…heck! Enrile and Estrada on his side, patay kang bata ka.

    Abolish the Customs Bureau ASAP!!! Pero make sure you execute it flawlessly hanggat kaya, yung tipong hindi ma compromise yung current services. Kasi hahanapan ng butas yan nung mga corrupt customs employee and smugglers di- diretso sa Supreme Court para ipatigil ang abolition. Alam nyo naman yung mga GMA nominee SC Justices…mukhang pera…yari nanaman tayo nyan tsk tsk tsk

  • AnoGa

    Panginoon namin sa ngayon pa lamang ay kami’y nananalangin at nagpapasalamat sa iyong kabutihan at pagtingin sa Pilipinas. Nawa’y makaahon na nga ang mga Filipino sa kahirapan at kabaluktutan sa gubyerno. Buwagin na ang BOC. Mabuhay ang diwa ng Pinoy!

  • publicpolicy

    Very good idea Mr Biazon. Here a few suggestions as you think about this issue further. First, who will guard the guardians? How will the private operator be regulated? How will you know that syndicates will not join the bidding to become the private operator? How will you know that they will not accept bribes and collude? Is the private sector really less corrupt than the public sector? Second, you should come up with a list of all the ingenious practices of BoC people and indicate how your privatization model will solve them. Also come up with a list of all possible risks in your new model and compare them with the old one. Finally, compare side by side the Peru model and the BoC model and justify why the Peru model is better. If you need more questions to be asked…let me know by responding below. We want you to succeed in this.

  • jseesus

    boto ako dyan.. abolish na yan.. bago mag retire si Pnoy, buwagin na ang dapat buwagin, tanggalin na ang dapat tanggalin, palitan na ang dapat palitan… cgurado ako meron na namang isang aquino na tatanghalin bayani ang pilipinas….. Go Go Go team Pnoy..

  • kilabot

    in that case,
    abolish the whole govt.;
    the whole system is corrupt;
    not just a part.

  • Bantayanon

    If scrapping the entire bureau is the best thing to do then they should not waste time. Abolish BOC now. No need to save a house that has been infested with termites to the foundations. BURN IT NOW, PNOY, and put in place a new and better system BEFORE BINAY TAKES OVER!

  • http://www.facebook.com/milestone.videography Milestone Videography

    Do it pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee…burn the house that smells a rotten snake. Very brilliant idea Biazon!

  • jseesus

    Sir Biazon, nagkamali ako ng pagkakilala sa iyo, isa ka pa lang maginoo at uncorruptible servant ng bansa. hindi biro ang mamuno ng isa sa pinaka corrupt na institution ng pilipinas na hindi nilalamon at napapasama sa bulok sa sistema. tama si Pnoy sa pagkakaloob sa iyo ng pwesto na yan.. God bless you..

  • dukaponte

    A very good proposal by Biazon about the auction of forfeited goods. Let other agency do auctioning of the forfeited goods. Another good idea is to let the private sector man the front line of the bureau so that they would be easy to replace once they will resort to corruption.

  • Donardo Cuago

    ABOLISH!

  • MnlaBoy

    WAY TO GO PENOY!

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * *
    Privatize what is both basically a regulatory and revenue-generating agency???

    Crazy!

    The BOC was virtually “privatized” during the Marcos era, and partly during GMA’s, tell us what happened.

    The problem in the BOC, just like in other agencies, is a problem of enforcing accountability. “Privatizing” the BOC, whatever Mr. Biazon thinks or imagines it will entail, is sweet surrender to the very people whom he blames have made his job difficult.

    Privatization is viable, even desirable, when the government activity concerned is one which is basically engaged in the production of “tangible goods.”

    Again, “a bad carpenter blames his tools.”

    • buttones

      Exactly!

  • Mr. Black

    This wouldn’t give a 100% corrupt proof BOC but at least it will keep it low. Go burn the house, what are you waiting for PNoy?! election?? this is far overdue.

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    BIAZON: BURN THE WHOLE HOUSE

    ANA: “Tuwing 1st quarter of the year eh uso ang sunog. Gusto ni Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon na sunugin ng mismong gobyerno ang Bureau of Customs? Ay, grabe!!!”

    LISA: “Hindi mo naintindihan ang ibig sabihin ni Com Ruffy, ‘ga, porke, hindi LITERAL na susunugin ni PNoy ang buong Customs, noh? Eh ‘di malilitson ang 99.9% Customs employees. Saan mo gustong ilibing ang mga corrupt, o, ‘di ba an’laking problem?”

    CION: “Korek ka r’yan sa 99.9% na rating mo sa corrupt employees ng Customs. Ang natitirang one percent na hindi corrupt, sa palagay ko, eh, si Com Ruffy mismo. Kasi, siya pala ang nagpanukala sa ideyang sunugin ang buong bahay at palitan ng bago at epektibong modelo na ala-Peru Customs Bureau. O.getz mo?”

  • Juner Duckky

    As small busines owner doing regular imports. We support this as the corruption there is deep rooted!

  • krizzibarra

    the person who thought of this should be given a medal.

  • caberin

    Do this also to the DPWH, BIR and other notoriously graft-ridden government agencies.

  • caberin

    Better still, why not just outsource this to an internationally proven and recognized firm like SGS, but not necessarily SGS.

    Government employees are notoriously susceptible to corruption no matter how much you pamper them.

  • ealicer

    Not until this is being done this will all just be a PRESS RELEASE.

  • Janch

    What to do when practically everyone in the agency’s bureaucracy is corrupt?

  • iping2sison

    Go ahead. Abolish BOC and do away with all its staff and personnel. It’s only the logical thing to do; kill the octopus in order that all tentacles die with it. All legit businessmen will be glad to deal with straight honest people and pay correct taxes.

  • akosiKapitanObyus

    malalim na ang kultura ng corruption dyan kaya ang tanging paraan ay tanggalin lahat mula sa pinaka-mataas hanggang janitor!

  • antiscam

    I’M ALL FOR IT. LETS DO IT!!!ABOLISH THIS AGENCY WHICH CORRUPTION HAS EATEN COMPLETELY. THATS WHAT DOCTORS DO TO TUMORS AND CANCER. TOTAL EXCISION AND ERADICATION. OUR CUSTOMS IS BROKEN. LETS REPLACE IT. NO MORE FIXING!

  • DerKommissar

    Sounds like the only real solution. But it begs the question, why only Customs? Virtually every government agency is equally as corrupt. Is the solution to privatize everything?

  • fernan107

    kung yan ikabubuti ng BOC , dapat pag aralan na para umpisahan na , hwag ng patumpik tumpik pa , para maubos na ang mga buwaya sa lipunan , GAWIN NA , NGAYON NA ….ka indo naman ..

  • Yobhtron

    I fully agree with the proposal to abolish the BOC. Before anything else, lifestyle check to all employees from top to bottom. File plunder raps to all corrupt officials and forfeit all their benefits. All BOC employees will be barred from joining the new customs department or entity. Outsource the management to a company outside the country to prevent any influence.

  • buttones

    Fine, if this is what it takes, but it’s bit of a sad comment of Government. Peru? Why not take the models of the UK, EU, Canada, Australia and a host more, which are run by government? If we know what the problems are in customs, such as over manning, archaic systems, lethargy, red tape, corruption and all the rest, address those problems. This is an admission of failure. The government has more reserves to tackle this than any private consortium. I agree that there is often sense in privatizing goods and services, private business is in the business of making money, [so long as there is competition- in this case there won’t be] they have to account to shareholders, governments don’t, government is in the business of government, not business, but Customs is not a ‘business’ is it?

  • atrainbow

    The solution of this problem is not abolition but removal of those persons who are corrupt & place them in jail.

  • gisingpinoy12

    Papano mga Tufling Brothers?

  • ravindrama

    dapat palitan lahat pati yung sa BI ng Airport natin na mga matatanda na at gurang….palitan na dapat ng mga kabataan na guwapo at magaganda…matatanda na naka simangot pa kasi dami ng sakit ayaw pang mag-retiro…..kahit lampas na sa retiring age.

  • Max Tandan

    Bureau of Customs – DEN OF THIEVES, some if not most of the employees are protegees , close relatives of crocodile politicians, now is the time to abolish this monstrous,cirrhosis infected govt. agency.

  • zhardan

    Assessment of taxes should be non-negotiable if we follow formula and procedures in valuation with less discretion to customs personnel allowed. Auctions should be fair and would not favor certain parties if strict procedure is followed. If an importer has met all the requirements nobody should have the power to stop him from the release of his goods. That’s some kind of Bill of Rights of importers.

  • Albert Einstien

    SEE..sinasabi ko na nga ba e….pnoy is too INCOMPETENT….why dont we PRIVITIZE the GOVT sir..so resign now..private PROFESSIONAL citizens will RUN the govt…because you PUBLIC officials are all HOPELESS……pabigat kayo sa bansa..5.3 TRILLION ang UTANG ng RP..330 billion lang ang ke marcos jan for 20 years at 1 TRILLION AGAD jan ang INUTANG ni pnoy sa2years LANG nya..GBRABE….at ngayon 2 TRILYON pa ang GASTOS at BUDGET ni pnoy taon taon na MANGAGALING sa parusang PADAGDAG NA PADAGDAG na BUWIS at kasumpa sumpang UTANG.NILA……for 27 years NILOLOKO nila ang filipino silmula pa ke cory….ikumpara nyo ang …lahat ng DATA simula 1986, 2010 at 2013…LAHAT ng BILIHIN hanggang LEEG, ganon din ang KRIMINALIDAD, kahirapan, pagkagutom, unemployment, pati brown-outs…puro lang kasi propaganda at pambobola ang ALAM..naka-awa tayo kumpara sa mga karatig bansa natin…KKK lang nagPAYAMAN ng husto..sinimulan ang privitization panahon niCORY ano ngayon ang nangyari..LUGMOK tayo kumuha lang KUMISYON ang mga KKK sa mga BENTAHAN at contrata..NAUBOS ang ARI-ARIAN ng GOBYERNO sa PRIVITIZATION at ngayon LUMAKI pa ng KABUNDOK ang UTANG..inubos ang pag-aari ng gobyerno pag ALIS sa poder INI-UTANG pa tayo..GRABE SWITIK…!

    the CORY Aquino administration established the Asset Privatization Trust in 1986 to dispose of government-owned and government-controlled properties. By early 1991, the Asset Privatization Trust had sold 230 assets with net proceeds of P14.3 billion. Another seventy-four public sector enterprises that were created with direct government investment were put up for sale; fifty-seven enterprises were sold wholly or in part for a total of about P6 billion. The government designated that about 30 percent of the original public sector enterprises be retained and expected to abolish another 20 percent. There was widespread controversy over the fairness of the divestment procedure and its potential to contribute to an even greater concentration of economic power in the hands of a few wealthy families.[13]

    Another example for President Aquino is the sequesterment of its Marcos-owned radio and television stations such as the Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Philippines Network and Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation after the 1986 EDSA Revolution. On July 16 and September 14, 1986, ABS-CBN resumed its operations after 14 years of their closure. Since then, its TV station DWWX-TV and two radio stations are opened following a re-opening.

    PAG-ALIS ni CORY iniwan nyang NEGATIVE ang GDP for 2 years..LINUBOG pa nya tayo sa UTANG .pumasok sya ang utang ni marcos for 20 years 330 bilyon lang ..ng umalis si CORY after 6 years lagpas dinoble nya yung 20 years ni marcos..673 BILLION agad….si pnoy naman 2 years pa lang 1 TRILLION ( 1,000,000,000,000.00 ) agad IDINAGDAG sa UTANG…

    yang PPP …privitazation scheme din yan..kaSWITIKAN din yan..

    bat pa me GOBYERNO kung I-PRIVITIZE nyo rin lang…PNOY RESIGN na..HIND mo po talaga kaya magpatakbo ng gobyerno yan ng katotohanan..kung wala lang mga 12.5 milyon na migrante at ofws na nagpapadala ng DOLLARS wala tayo PAMBAYAD sa UTANG at SASALO sa EKONOMYA..buti na lang TUMAKAS sila sa RP dahil alam nila HOPELESS ang gobyerno dito…

    • Hendot2012

      Oo ikaw na pumalit magaling ka eh

    • Hendot2012

      Ikaw na nga pumalit! O kaya pumunta ka na lang sa North Korea at palitan mo si Kim Jung Un para maligtas mo sa gutom mga tao dun magaling ka kasi eh, ikaw ang taong sobrang galing na di hindi naging presidente!

  • gregory robinson

    Great idea, but put Foreigners in charge, given full authority, with accountibility directly to the President. Filipinos have proven that they are weak-minded and corrupt, so these important duties/departments should be given to foreigners, like Comelec, BIR, Customs.

    • emri

      ganon? walang competent at honest na pilipino para sayo?

  • jose_rizal11

    NOW NA!!!

  • i_am_filipino

    I agree with the abolition but what will be the new private custom’s policy to be implemented? Obviously, the BOC cant fix themselves because they dont know how to do it. The government should call the Department of Audit to be able to trace the loophole on the system. Then immediately rectifiy it. if the DOA is too busy, then they can hire a third party of audits such as DNV and check every procedure and find out where is the system policy that fails to stop these customs on smuggling issue. audits may find out the wrong personnel as well that infects the system.

  • publicpolicy

    Very good idea Mr Biazon. Here a few
    suggestions as you think about this issue further. First, who will guard the
    guardians? How will the private operator be regulated? How will you know that
    syndicates will not join the bidding to become the private operator? How will
    you know that they will not accept bribes and collude? Is the private sector
    really less corrupt than the public sector? Second, you should come up with a
    list of all the ingenious practices of BoC people and indicate how your
    privatization model will solve them. Also come up with a list of all possible
    risks in your new model and compare them with the old one. Finally, compare
    side by side the Peru model and the BoC model and justify why the Peru model is
    better. If you need more questions to be asked…let me know. We want to help
    PNoy.

  • boldyak

    anybody who resist reform of BOC is corrupt…no excuses…we shall consider the whole BOC is corrupt and to abolish it is recommendable, all employees that are employed now should not be a part of the new BOC….no excuses as all of them either tolerated or a part of corruption in BOC…no excuses…even in officers assigned in airports who inspect the baggage of arriving passengers…they are without shame asking for something from OFW’s…

  • boldyak

    but what I fear is that…Pnoy will assign the so called “supercop”( kuno)

  • disqus_LFF0zFjt7g

    I go with this proposal to privatize the Bureau of Customs there’s no other way to eliminate those present corrupt employees. Even if you knew already or identified these corrupt employees but it’s hard to terminate them because they’re connected of big politicians or other group that else treat you or do something to harass you.

    • superpilipinas

      then we should also privatize the PNP and Immigration? they have so many corrupt people too.

      perhaps we privatize the whole government. he-he-he.

  • AllinLawisFair

    The Bureau of Customs is the place where the foxes and the lions breed their brood. They familiarize with each other and form an unholy alliance for the benefit of themselves to the detriment of the government they serve. They are as hungry as the wolves. Their hunger is a bottomless nadir and their unscrupulousness is boundless. Burn the whole house together with all the misfits.

  • tekateka

    This would be Pnoys greatest achievement… time to move on Philippines!!!

    • superpilipinas

      Yeah. Privatize because Biazon is not capable of solving the problem of Customs. Privatize the president and his cabinet because they can’t solve problems.

  • ed_dAVAO

    My idea doesn’t need dropping the bureau, Just get away of the practice of fielding political appointees as head in any government business institution. Install career officers to manage these government offices.

  • symonwho

    Even if privatize, yet there are opportunities not to be caught, there will still be smuggling because of the huge money involve. The only deterrent therefore is that smugglers and customs personnel are surely penalized and incarcerated for life, whether customs is privatize or not. Have all employees go through life style checks.

  • Hendot2012

    Dapat tutukan to ng media at malaman ng tao para lalo dumami suporta at mapilitan ang presidente na gawin ang abolishment siguradong marami din sa mga kakampi ni Pnoy ang nakikinabang sa BOC at tatangkain patayin ang isyu o pigilan ito

  • redsnow

    I am concern and pity of JP Enrile and his cohorts there is nothing arrived in Sta Ana free port after the abolition of all hungry stomach custom people . Gigi has no money at all mwahhhh … This is a good idea for have the new custom is base on percentage rather than ask to the congress the annual budget otherwise Enrile is there in the Senate smiling every year.

  • Guest

    Excellent proposal indeed! Comm. Biazon has earned my utmost respect for this move.
    It’s
    about time somebody teach those shameless leeches a lesson they will
    never ever forget. They really are people with no moral compass to boast
    of, and a lot of the food from their table came from money sucked from
    the blood of innocent, hardworking people. Tingnan lang natin ngayon
    kung may maipagmamayabang pa iyang mga lintang iyan sa oras na mapatumba
    ang kanilang palagatasan.

  • WJGBalderama

    Nothing short of a complete reset will cure the long-term systemic error. Do it. And kudos to the Commissioner. I hope he stays long enough to see improvements come about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cali-To/100001548147821 Cali To

    make all importations tax free, that way there is no need for any valuation or for customs to extract under the table deals.
    Customs only duty will be to guard against contraband. you will see all these crooks from BOC wanting to transfer to BIR, DPWH, DECS, DAR, PNP, AFP then

  • http://www.facebook.com/clem.ibasco1 Clem Ibasco

    WANNA BET? IT WONT HAPPEN.

  • LUIGI GIOVANNI

    Bravo!!!! Kudos!!@

  • virgoyap

    Sounds reasonable. If it’s almost impossible to get rid of smuggling inside the bureau then a total change in the whole system must be done asap and the proliferation of germs of corruption inside the system will totally be stopped. And the government is now free to go ahead towards sa matuwid na daan

  • branlem

    YES!! Privatize the agency and one more thing…make sure DOF will monitor the contractor closely while performance is measured constantly and under the microscope. Mahirap talaga pumasok sa bahay ng mga ahas…the only way to clean talaga is dismantling and that goes with the police as well whose corruption and inefficiency is almost synonymous with PNP. Si Marantan kalakas pa ng backer…talaga naman…

  • Dickory

    please….

  • jose_rizal11

    Do it and your candidate in 2016 will win, guarenteed!!!

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    NGAYON DIN!!!

  • $16638896

    “On his watch, he said, the customs employees’ strong opposition to reform makes it difficult for him to clean up the bureau.

    Biazon cited an administrative order he
    issued last year for the automation of one customs procedure. “Concerned
    customs employees,” citing a threat to their job security, went to
    court and obtained a restraining order to block the reform.”

    So Biazon, hndi mo sila kaya? Takot ka ba sa mga hinayupak na mga empleyado na yan? ipakita mo na ikaw ang boss!

  • $16638896

    kung baga sa bahay na punong puno na ng ANAY, itong BOC kailangan ng SUNUGIN!

  • disqusted0fu

    The BOC should once and for all be abolished. But they have to change all the personnel as well, including the Commissioner himself. He is the bureau chief and he should be responsible for most of what’s happening in his department. Moreover, his replacement should not be a KKK because the same thing will happen if he gets replaced by another KKK. It wouldn’t make any sense overhauling the BOC if that’s the case.

  • http://twitter.com/dons23 dondie santiago

    I am sure this will work in eliminating corruption in customs…can do the same to BIR.

  • latino_boom

    Very brilliant idea…I hope matuloy ito ito ang ahensya na pinaka maraming magnanakaw …for the very few people who think they are far better than Biazon or Noynoy run for President on 2016 or maybe mayor of your City ng mapakinabangan naman yang utak mong talangka…yan ay kung totot kayong may mga Brilliant People who can serve this country better than the present one

  • Albert Einstien

    SEE..sinasabi
    ko na nga ba e….pnoy is too INCOMPETENT….why dont we PRIVITIZE the
    GOVT sir..so resign now..private PROFESSIONAL citizens will RUN the
    govt…because you PUBLIC officials are all HOPELESS……pabigat kayo
    sa bansa..5.3 TRILLION ang UTANG ng RP..330 billion lang ang ke marcos
    jan for 20 years at 1 TRILLION AGAD jan ang INUTANG ni pnoy sa2years
    LANG nya..GBRABE….at ngayon 2 TRILYON pa ang GASTOS at BUDGET ni pnoy
    taon taon na MANGAGALING sa parusang PADAGDAG NA PADAGDAG na BUWIS at
    kasumpa sumpang UTANG.NILA……for 27 years NILOLOKO nila ang filipino
    silmula pa ke cory….ikumpara nyo ang …lahat ng DATA simula 1986,
    2010 at 2013…LAHAT ng BILIHIN hanggang LEEG, ganon din ang
    KRIMINALIDAD, kahirapan, pagkagutom, unemployment, pati
    brown-outs…puro lang kasi propaganda at pambobola ang ALAM..naka-awa
    tayo kumpara sa mga karatig bansa natin…KKK lang nagPAYAMAN ng
    husto..sinimulan ang privitization panahon niCORY ano ngayon ang
    nangyari..LUGMOK tayo kumuha lang KUMISYON ang mga KKK sa mga BENTAHAN
    at contrata..NAUBOS ang ARI-ARIAN ng GOBYERNO sa PRIVITIZATION at ngayon
    LUMAKI pa ng KABUNDOK ang UTANG..inubos ang pag-aari ng gobyerno pag
    ALIS sa poder INI-UTANG pa tayo..GRABE SWITIK…!

    the CORY Aquino administration established the Asset Privatization
    Trust in 1986 to dispose of government-owned and government-controlled
    properties. By early 1991, the Asset Privatization Trust had sold 230
    assets with net proceeds of P14.3 billion. Another seventy-four public
    sector enterprises that were created with direct government investment
    were put up for sale; fifty-seven enterprises were sold wholly or in
    part for a total of about P6 billion. The government designated that
    about 30 percent of the original public sector enterprises be retained
    and expected to abolish another 20 percent. There was widespread
    controversy over the fairness of the divestment procedure and its
    potential to contribute to an even greater concentration of economic
    power in the hands of a few wealthy families.

    Another
    example for President Aquino is the sequesterment of its Marcos-owned
    radio and television stations such as the Banahaw Broadcasting
    Corporation, Radio Philippines Network and Intercontinental Broadcasting
    Corporation after the 1986 EDSA Revolution. On July 16 and September
    14, 1986, ABS-CBN resumed its operations after 14 years of their
    closure. Since then, its TV station DWWX-TV and two radio stations are
    opened following a re-opening.

    PAG-ALIS ni CORY iniwan nyang NEGATIVE ang GDP for 2 years..LINUBOG
    pa nya tayo sa UTANG .pumasok sya ang utang ni marcos for 20 years 330
    bilyon lang ..ng umalis si CORY after 6 years lagpas dinoble nya yung
    20 years ni marcos..673 BILLION agad….si pnoy naman 2 years pa lang 1
    TRILLION ( 1,000,000,000,000.00 ) agad IDINAGDAG sa UTANG…

    yang PPP …privitazation scheme din yan..kaSWITIKAN din yan..

    bat pa me GOBYERNO kung I-PRIVITIZE nyo rin lang…PNOY RESIGN
    na..HIND mo po talaga kaya magpatakbo ng gobyerno yan ng
    katotohanan..kung wala lang mga 12.5 milyon na migrante at ofws na
    nagpapadala ng DOLLARS wala tayo PAMBAYAD sa UTANG at SASALO sa
    EKONOMYA..buti na lang TUMAKAS sila sa RP dahil alam nila HOPELESS ang
    gobyerno dito…

    • Count du Fount de Cakes

      Hello woodsnake! Cómo estás?

      There is a thin line between genius and insanity…. I just hope you are not leaning over the other side.

      The analogy for this issue is this:
      You have a bad limb which is already rotting away.
      You are given two choices:
      1.Cut that bad limb so you can live another day.
      2.Leave it to rot and let the infection affect the rest of your body.

      Now tell me, which of the two do you prefer?

      -P.S. don’t bullsh!t me with historical stuff. There’s no use crying over spilled milk.

      • Albert Einstien

        muy bueno mi amigo, you are correct ” Cut that bad limb so you can live another day “..pnoy should RESIGN..we should accept REALITY that he cant handle multifarious problems of our country ….he is dragging country’s progress…on his kumuNOY na DAAN… lol

        imagine SMUGGLING CAPITAL na tayo ngayon…at HIGHEST CORRUPTION ever sa HISTORY ng RP..COA AUDIT report for 2011..101.8 BILLION LOST to corruption…

        CONGRESS should also make an INQUIRY ON THIS news..

        ‘PNoy received money from Malaysia’… ABS-CBN news 03/06/2013

        Citing his own sources, David claimed the President received money from Malaysia, which is the reason behind his stand on the Sultanate of Sulu’s claim over Sabah.
        “He never wanted [to pursue the claim] in the first place… It is not possible for them to take such positions and speak against their own people if they are not on the take,” he said.
        When asked what he would do if he is slapped with libel cases due to his accusations against Aquino, David said: “I would welcome it provided I will be given a day in court.”

      • Count du Fount de Cakes

        Good choice… But, alas, PNoy is not the limb. He is currently the medulla oblangata of the government. The bad limb is the BOC.

    • Arnie Rossel

      hay naku, tumira ka sa North Korea tapos sabihin mong may okay ang dictatorship kesa sa democratic. pag-aralan po hindi lang ang philippine history kundi world history from the time the Egyptian great civilization up to present. hindi yung kung anu-ano ang sinasabi mo. kinikilabutan ako. kapag kagaya mo lahat ng tao, baka mauwi na naman po tayo sa dictatorship. please be informed there is not a successful economy in dictatorship government. alam na alam ni marcos yan, ng Spain, Egypt, Libya, etc. mas okay pa nga ang communist eh although i am not in favor of it. may mga ilang success stories ang communist countries like china, russia (before) and vietnam. si marcos, sya po ang nagpabagsak sa Pilipinas hindi si Cory. She only inherited bad government. Philippines was second biggest economy in Asia before Marcos. When he left it was one of the worst. mag-aral pong mabuti hindi yung natutulog tayo sa klase. LOL!

  • martin cruz

    Abolishing the bureau is peanuts for any administration. The essential question is: Will the necessary replacement ensure the eradication of graft and corruption and thievery that are so rampant with collection of taxes and customs duties? Maybe. If we can put robots and machines to do all the job.
    .

  • Lynn LA

    YES ! Pnoy should do this to all other corrupt and inefficient govt. agencies. This has been my wish since time immemorial. Hope it happens soon.

  • JasonBieber

    It’s so difficult to believe PNoy and his Administration. First they say that there is no problem, then they say that there is a problem but it’s not that bad, but now they say they are considering an overhaul because of how bad things are. If it’s not as bad like you say then why do an overhaul?

    The truth is that there has been a problem of smuggling under the PNoy Administration and since PNoy has been neglecting that problem by traveling abroad, campaigning, and impeaching Coronathe problem simply got out of hand.

    • Bordado

      kailan may di sinabi ng governo na walang problema ang BOC…puro gawa-gawa..crab!!

  • Pedro

    I have this privatized customs in my mind already. Good thing Biazon thought of it!!! Abolish that stupid bureau now.

    • Guest

      Hindi privatized ang sabi ni biazon..reform the customs by enacting new law. Complete change , complete reorgNIZATION. Only auction will be givento private for transparency

  • amapangarap

    wouldnt be surprised if biazon gets killed one of these days. mafia na yang mga nasa BOC, kaya kahit ilang palit ng head, wala nababago. pero i sincerely hope he gets it done.

  • DarkJustice

    Dito ako sang-ayon kay Biazon! Tanggalin lahat at palitan mula sa mataas hanggang mababa! Tama yan!

  • tarikan

    Brilliant idea. The only ones against this proposal (privatization/automation) of the BoC are the employees themselves who are poised to lose a considerable fortune. Automation is the name.

  • amelius23

    This is the most sensible thing to do. Retire all the personnel from top to bottom and change them with young, idealistic and less prone to corruption new comers. The long staying BOC personnel have entrenched themselves and their tentacles in the bureau can do all the shenanigans. There are a lot of honest personnel in the bureau but the few rotten eggs had engulfed the honest to goodness operation of the bureau and whoever you will appoint as new BOC chief can easily be overwhelmed by the pervading system of graft and corruption. Let the long arm of the law finally seize and put to jail all smugglers and their corrupt cohorts in the bureau.

  • manual47

    Easily say than done…….best thing to do is arrest those well known smugglers with evidences and put them to jail. Same with the officials who are well known to accept bribes. It takes guts to do that and if the government really serious about getting rid of the bad apples, start from the top to the bottom. Iron fist is what needed. Forget the “compadre” system. If you’re a crook, you go to jail. Otherwise, forget it.
    So, who has the guts…………..

  • louie

    I just hope this proposal will withstand all the oppostion of the current people in customs.

  • boybakal

    Biazon has good intention, the only problem is implementation.
    But how, too many ideas, bright ideas but where is the will to enforce the way.

    Our Bureau of Customs has not improved ever since it was established.
    Same building, same place, old dilapidated warehouses without modern machinery and equipment.
    In short, the bureau with so much income or revenue cannot upgrade itself in this age of computerized world.
    Our system is old system of customs, traditions, pare and padrino…that’s our customs that’s why it is called Bureau of Customs.

    Solution…with so much revenue the bureau is collecting, why not improve your own.
    Build new buildings, buy new computers, data entry, program the system.
    Unless our customs will not be changed….then the Bureau of Customs is living up to its name, Filipino customs of kumare, kumpare, inaanak, ninong, ang lagay ba naman.

  • Micashan

    The proletarian proclivity in Casino may not necessarily be of much help to his argument. Cleaning up the stygian and almost hellish entity like the BOC cannot be done by spreading glittering generalities. Abolish BOC. yes!

  • igmat

    finally a move that made a lot of sense.Why not? Obviously, the only group adverse to it is the one who benefited the most of the current system.The president should give this proposal a serious thought.

  • lex

    100 percent na TUMPAK mr Biazon ang naiisip mo. Paano nga naman lilinisin ang isang fishpond to PUNONG PUNO ng buwaya at linta? Eh di i drain ang tubig, alisin lahat buwaya at linta!

  • popeyee

    To “insulate the BOC from politics”, the president should not be appointing any politicians because of “utang ng loob”…

  • 1voxPopuli

    where is the like button?!

    this could be the boldest move this administration can do to prove they are out to cleanse the govt! GO FOR IT!!

  • Rommel Santos

    damuho kang gahaman Paulo! Animal kah!!!!

  • boybakal

    Don’t abolish the Bureau of Customs, abolish Biazon the Commissioner.

  • Manny

    Sana po magkatotoo itong abolition of BOC. Walang patawad kahit yung binili kong laruan worth P1,500 lang included na yung shipping dun from china ang tax na nilagay nila at P800. Pagkaalam ko may minimum na price para lagyan ng tax. HIndi ko na nga kinuha parcel ko. Hay sana ma-tsugi na lahat ng mga taga BOC. Siya nawa.

  • gibo772000

    I am IN for the abolition of the current system and put an automated collection of custom duties.
    If I want to import products, I should not go to customs to declare my imports.

  • Ganymede

    Sa dinami dami na naging BOC commissioner si Biazon lang ang may lakas ng loob na gawin ang hakbang na ito. Very true ang sinabi niya nag ang corruption sa BOC ay nasa sistema na. Kahit sinong Pontio Pilato pa ipalit mo na commissioner, hindi pa rin susunod sa pagbabago ang mga hinayupak na nasa baba na matagal nang nakikinabang. kapag magsasagawa ng reporma ang BOC aangal ang mga ito kunwa mawawalan sila ng security of tenure kuno.. pero ang totoo ay mawawalan lang sila ng kurakot. Hindi ba’t diyan din sa BOC yun napabalita dati na ultimo janitor ata may kotse! Wow! Nak ng teteng! Ayos yan Comm. Biazon, complete overhaul talaga dapat diyan. Sana gawin ito ni PNoy dahil sigurado kapag yun pandak, maitim na maligno ang naupo sa susunod balik ang happy happy ng mga hinayupak. Maganda ito at mawawalan ng trabaho ang mga corrupt na opisyal at manggagawa ng BOC.

  • ordo_malleus

    Why privatize it? Just fire everyone from the ground up hire consultants to run it for a few years, invest in an automated declaration system, train people, then hand it back over to the government.

    “Giving high salaries is one way of shielding customs officers and employees from temptation, Biazon said.” This is so applicable to all government institutions.

    • Platypus09

      How can you fire everyone?

      It is hard to investigate everyone, to the rank and file. You have no resources to do that.

      It is wiser to topple it down and re- build it with a transparent and sturdier structure.

      • ordo_malleus

        Eh? I don’t see where the disagreement is. I didn’t say anything about investigating. You just paraphrased what I said lol.

  • $4612959

    Biazon is also corrupt. He should be fired.

  • Winniejoy Lumayag

    Petron blames Biazon for incompetence. Biazon is blaming his own agency for his own failure. BOBO!

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    the new firm that replaces BOC should come first. hire new set of employees. hiring process should be very strict. automation process is in place and should be use all time. and then the government will move all the duties of BOC to the new firm. ask all affected people to transact to the new firm. Any transaction done in the old firm is deemed illegal and is punishable by law.

    I hope its not a wishful thinking and the proposal of Biazon won’t fall in deaf ears….

    • Hendot2012

      Tama tpos lahat ng empleyado contractual

      • pubringjuandelacruz

        Agree… pro ung mga clerical jobs lng siguro… but higher position… consultancy lang din siguro…

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Overhaul = palitan lahat ng empleyado, pati building LAHAT-LAHAT. Tapunan ng asido ang kinatatayuan nito para pati mga demonyos mawala nang tuluyan.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Société Générale de Surveillance (S.G.S.) is the world leader for customs management.

    They had contract at Cory time, to efficient, immediately accused of corruption as in the Philippines not corrupted is considered the worst form of corruption in the Administration, honesty isn’t bearable in a criminal system by nature.

    Poor Pinoy’s, what a destiny !

  • Billy Moreno

    if if privatize…CORRUPT pa rin yan.
    unless corruption is punishable by cutting of hands.

  • boybakal

    Aboliton of Custom….Swift Justice.
    Why abolish the Bureau….as if you kill the patient without diagnosis.
    Mr. Biazon is not a good manager.
    Allegation of smuggling without verification and he believe it. That is not good management.
    A good commissioner will conduct an investigation to know whether the allegation is true or false.

    Better abolish Biazon not the Bureau.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      It’s so rotten, changes look impossible,
      same for the country administration in a whole.
      This is done on purpose by the Happy few who can’t survive on power without a messy corruption and killings.
      It’s a classic way to control the ignorants majority.

    • Arnie Rossel

      You cannot change Bureau by just changing a head. You should change the entire organization to totally cleanse it. Didn’t you read? The employees asked the help of the court to stop a change. Better if the job is done by Congress so the sharks in Customs and their accomplices in the judiciary will be left tied.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Cisneros/1599527303 Jake Cisneros

    cge para maka apply kaming mga graduate talaga ng customs administration at pasado sa board… ^_^

  • barong

    I hope Biazon and the Aquino Administration push through and succeed in their plan in totally overhauling the Custom bueau. I also believe it is the only way to defeat corruption in the said government department since corruption has sadly become the “work ethic” for many of its employees and middle managers. Di na mababago yan ng basta superficial face lift or makeover. Kaya maraming opposition kay Biazon ay dahil gusto niyang gawin ang tama sa Custom. As a Filipino who is in the side of good, let us support Biazon and the Aquino government on this plan.

  • Noriel Bernabe

    Reasons why people are happy under noy’s govt.
    -Noy bloated budget of each congressmen’s PDAF while cutting budget on education
    -Almost 10% of our Nat’l budget is loss each year due to corruption
    -Almost
    a hundred of noynoy’s political allies have pending corruption charges
    in the office of the ombudsman (Even COA wrote to legislators mostly
    from noy’s liberal party questioning the use of their PDAF).
    -Recent study showed corruption perception in the government is high hampering economic growth
    – unemployment rate increased by almost a million despite of gdp “growth”
    – More than 1 billion was loss because of the unaccounted CCT
    – 32 billion pesos estimated loss revenue due to rice smuggling
    – P3.6 billion in loss revenue due to missing container vans
    -30 to 40 billion loss due to oil smuggling
    -Very low FOI inspite of the president’s juncket trips abroad and noy’s claims of billion dollar investments
    -the much vaunted PPP has no project to show off after three years
    -Philippines lags compared to other ASEAN nations when it comes to FDI
    -2011 Philippines was named as worse country for investors (East ASIA)
    -Philippines lags in terms of infrastructure compared to its ASEAN neighboring countries
    -Many people from Mindanao were killed by flood due to cancellations of existing flood projects under noy’s admin
    -5 million and 30 million were donated by noynoy to MILF and ABB this happened after MILF ambused our soldiers in mindanao

    SMUGGLING ESTIMATES: ANNUAL AVERAGE
    IN $ BILLIONS
    Estrada (July 1998- Jan 2001) 3.1
    Arroyo (Feb 2001 – June 2010) 3.8
    Aquino (July 2010 – June 2012) 19.6

    (Based on IMF’s Direction of Trade Statistics)

  • Moro Ali Pala

    i work in BOC and this is a most welcome development. SANA TALAGA MA IMPLEMENT ITO PARA MAWALA ANG MGA BUWAYA SA CUSTOMS!!!

  • hu_yu

    sana sa lahat ng ahensya tanggalin ang mga swapang, yung kung umasta akala mo kung sino, kinakawawa ang mga ordinaryong tao

  • gwenbalili

    Biazon anong klaseng customs comm ka kung di mo kaya disiplinahin ang mga nasa ibaba mo….
    RESIGN ka nalang.. ineffective ka or kasabwat ka !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    mabuti iyang naisip mo ruffy na tanggalin na ang BOA pati na din iyang mga empleyado nito dahil tiyak ko kapag hindi nagawan ng aksyon iyang plano mo ay pupulutin ka sa kangkongan kapag humabol ka sa elction ng 2016….

  • tabitabi

    magandang umpisa iyan.pero kailangan buong gobyerno talaga ang dapat i overhaul.
    look around, lahat nang sangay nang gobyerno ay corrupt.

  • Guest

    pag di suportado ng presidente ibig sabihin .may pinoprotektahan …na business

  • X44

    BOC, Home of thieves. Sikat na kayo!

  • Arnie Rossel

    I am in favor of abolishing Customs, that is the only way to cleanse it. I wonder how would you do it with DPWH and DePED. I can remember, how Raul Roco was lambasted in DePED because of radical change he initiated. Mind it, an education department so corrupt? I just dont know what the President is doing with it. I wish something is done to protect the teachers milked by high DepED officials.

  • Arnie Rossel

    I am wondering how are the crocodiles in Customs Bureau faring now with this news. I also suggest that after the abolition, check their lifestyle. They may start a business empire as an alternative to stealing public money. LOL!

  • BOYPDAF

    Reformatting your files with the same USB is not a good idea!no matter how many anti virus you put in!

  • screwdisk

    GO FOR IT! ABOLISHED BOC!

  • bayankopdi

    DAPAT LANG TOTAL OVERHAUL, CHANGE ALL PERSONNEL PALITAN NG MGA HONEST PEOPLE AT MGA TAONG MAYMALASAKIT SA TRABAHO. THE B.OC. IS FULL OF CORRUPT PEOPLE THAT ALL WORKERS AT B.O.C. IS DEEMED CORRUPT BECAUSE THE TRUTH HURTS BUT IT’S THE TRUTH. LOT’S OF CORRUPT PEOPLE AT THE B.O.C. BUT NObody WENT TO JAIL. AT LAHAT NA OVER AGE TANGGALIN NA HALATADONG MGA SAKIM MGA YAN…GUSTONG LAHAT NA NANINAKAW DALHIN PA NILA SA HUKAY GANYAN KASAKIM MGA TAGA B.O.C….

  • foreignerph

    Can he do it without being killed or being blocked in court for 20 years?

  • Pedro_Gil

    Biazon, get out of BOC so the next competent commissioner can do his/her job, we need a commissioner who is accountable and knowledgeable with experience and necessary education. we need immediate change and direction. You’ve been given a chance your qualification and experience doesn’t add-up to the position. You need to be a ms Henares to become a good administrator for BOC and who can get back the trust of the Boss (people). We are sorry, you got to go, mahiya ka na sa sarili mo.

  • Felix Alcantara

    Correct Si Biazon. Meron ako pinsan nasa Bureau of Customs grabe ang yaman ang bahay sampo ang rooms at me apat pa kotse. susme! ang yabang pa.

  • gikiness

    ITS ABOUT TIME

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