Escudero calls for systemic changes in Customs vs abolition

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Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Instead of abolishing the Bureau of Customs, Senator Francis Escudero suggested Saturday that the government try reforms that would not only rehabilitate the image of the agency but also change the culture of its officials and employees.

Escudero, for instance, suggested, half in jest, that customs officials and police have uniforms without pockets to discourage quick on-site doles and transparent glass-top tables with no drawers to prevent heftier enveloped payouts in the offices.

“And if they will not do it, I will file a bill requiring CCTV cameras in all government offices and making it a crime to erase the recordings of these cameras until after perhaps one year,” Escudero told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The chairman of the Senate committee on justice claimed that the PNP, another reputedly corrupt government agency, had an image makeover after it shed its old khakis and brown ties for its present blue uniform with red trim.

The PNP, however, ostensibly improved its trust ratings during the implementation of then director-general and now Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s no-take policy and other reforms in 1999.

“For me, discretion equals corruption. Why not do a systems review and minimize if not eliminate areas of discretion and establish transparent protocols and redundancies to ensure good governance?” Escudero said.

“In fact, the BOC can start with changing their uniforms and office furniture—those without pockets and drawers,” he added.

In another example, Escudero said the BOC could adopt a strict queuing system for incoming shipments so that those that came in first would be processed before those that would come in later.

Escudero said the system should easily result in sanctions on customs officials who would not process valuable shipment without receiving bribes.

“I don’t have any problem with its abolition but that will be a long process.  A law has to be passed before it can be abolished,” Escudero said, indicating the bureaucratic nightmare an impasse in the customs collection process could create.

Escudero added that if the bureau would be abolished, it meant everyone in the bureau is corrupt and therefore should be prosecuted.

“If the assumption is that everyone there is corrupt, then why not file cases against them whether or not we create a new agency?” Escudero said.

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  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    “Escudero calls for systemic changes in Customs vs abolition”

    like……… abolition

  • dodong1

    Instead of abolishing the Bureau of Customs, Senator Francis Escudero suggested Saturday that the government try reforms that would not only rehabilitate the image of the agency but also change the culture of its officials and employees.

    CHANGE THE CULTURE OF ITS OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES??? DREAM ON CHEEZZZZ THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFETIME…CORRUPTION IS IN THE BLOOD OF THESE OFFICIALS AND PASSED ON TO THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS….

    • Ganymede

      Very true! Corruption na ang kabuhayan ng mga yan.. Diyan na sila yumaman.. tapos ngayon bigla mo babaguhin ang culture? Heller!!! OK ka lang? Mabilis sabihin dahil hindi naman ikaw nag gagawa.

  • Horst Manure

    Have unpaid under cover agents going to on entrapment runs and being paid % of each case busted.

    All you need then is a judiciary run by people who can find their behinds with the light off.

  • Pinaslover

    Kahit na may proper control and strict procedures pa yan..balewala kung ang nagpapatupad nyan ay mga corrupt. Kung ang isang tao ay malinis at may integridad..kahit walang controls and procedures..di sya gagawa ng mga bagay na taliwas sa prinsipyo nya. Dyan magmula sa janitor, security guards at officers talamak ang corruption. Yung mister ko nga eh hinihingan ng pangmeryenda nung janitor dyan sa CR ng NAIA 1. Eh paano kung mga tourists ang hinihingan nya eh di kahiya hiya talaga ang bansa natin..only in the Philippines kumbaga. Dapat dyan total demotition na kasi kahit pinakamalinis na lider mo pa ang ilagay dyan..wala din kasi di naman sila ang humaharap mismo sa mga tao na pinagsasamantalahan ng mga empleyado dyan.

  • redsnow

    Chiz noong congressman ka matalino ka !!! ngayun Senador kana Bobo ka!!!! ang mukha tignan mo sa salamin parang si Nemo yung chicken sa Sesame Street program ,, Wag kang pabobo tama ang abolish ng lahat ng BOC para palitan lahat ang boung bahay walang matitira jan ,, I will vote all LP except of you buti pa si Mayor Edward Hagerdorn ang ipalit ko sa yo … BOBO ka1!!! Nemo tignnan mo sa Sesame Street may kambal ka dun

    • sanjuan683

      Sinubukan ko kulayan ng paint ang mukha niya sa picture nang matapos ako naging clown ang mukha niya. Yun clown sa circuis bagay sa mukha niya lapad ng ngiti niya.

    • Michael Mallari

      Wala naman pong ganyanan…. pero may isa akong tanong about Escudero… Bakit nga ba ayaw sa kanya ng tatay ni Heart ? di ba puede siyang maging presidente… bakit ayaw ng isang tatay sa isang SENADOR ??? hmm… dahil ba mahirap lang sila??? Sinong mahirap ?? si Escudero ? Mahirap..??? YAN PO ANG AKING MALAKING TANONG sa AKING ISIPAN… ano nga ang problema kay ESCUDERO at AYAW NG MAGULANG NI HEART SA KANYA..hmm… isang malaking tanong di po ba???

      • dodong1

        ayaw daw ng tatay ni heart kay escudero dahil maliit ang kanyang PAG AARI…O ARI ARIHAN..lol

  • BatangSingapore

    gusto kasi hawakan ng mga instik ang custom para lusot na lahat ng kargamento nila at libre na sa tax. mas gugustuhin ko pa gobyerno humawak nito para hindi makalusot mga hunghang na mga intsik na yan. ang hilig sa lagay at panunuhol.

    • sanjuan683

      Mahilig ang intsik sa panunuhol at paglalagay, ang Pinoy naman mahilig tumanggap ng suhol at lagay. Kaya kasalanan ng Pinoy dahil tinanggap niya.

      • BatangSingapore

        kung kakasuhan mo yun nanuhol ay hindi rin makukulong at mapaparusahan. kaya ang ideya ng iba ay tangapin ito. subalit ang ugat ng kasalanan ay ang nanuhol at dahil gumagawa siya ng ilegal kaya nanuhol.

        malinaw na ang ugat ng problema at kasalanan ay ang batas at nagpapatupad nito. kung mawawala ang mga mongoloid at abnormal na mga intsik sa gobyerno ay matitira na lamang ang matitinong mga filipino.

        kaya nga dapat pagtakhan na ninyo kung bakit until today ganyan pa rin ang sistema ng gobyerno. dahil yan sa mga intsik na nasa pwesto. ayaw nilang lumagay sa matino at kaayusan. gusto nila makalamang. kapag sukol na ay manunuhol.

        gumising na kayo mga filipino.

    • Ganymede

      Bakit mo sisisihin ang Intsik? Tinutukso ka e pinapatulan mo
      naman. So ibig sabihin kapag tinukso ka ng chicks at pinatulan mo wala kang kasalanan? Wag kang manisi ng iba dahil hindi mo kontrolado ang gusto nilang gawin, ang isipin at gawin dapat ng mga Pinoy ay kung ano ang tama. Kung nanunuhol e di ipahuli for bribery… e kaso gusto rin ng mga Pinoy e tapos ngayon sisisihin mo mga Instik.

      • BatangSingapore

        ULUL. DEMONYO YAN MGA INTSIK NA YAN AT AMINADONG NANUNUHOL. DAPAT DIYAN PAGBABARILIN SA LUNETA GRAND STAND.

      • Ganymede

        Hahaha! Baka ikaw pa ang barilin niyan… kasi susuhulan ng mga Instik yun babaril sayo hehe.

      • BatangSingapore

        ang mga filipino nagiisip na paano kidnapin yan mga intsik na yan kaya walang kagatol gatol na dapat umalis na ang intsik sa pilipinas.

      • Ganymede

        Naku mahirap ata yan marami mawawalan ng trabaho.. Isipin mo nalang pag lumipat ng negosyo sila Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, atbp. Imbis na ang Pilipinas ang makinabang mapupunta pa sa ibang bansa.

      • BatangSingapore

        yun ang punto, aaliis ang mga intsik pero hindi ang mga negosyo nila. simple lang filipino ang mag take over ng mga negosyo nila. hahhaahhahahaha

  • indiosbravos2002

    I heard the current BOC head had a hard time introducing reforms because employee unions kept nterfering due to concerns on job security. How about the state exercise its police powers and temporarily exempt BOC’s emplyees from having security of tenure for say two years, just enough time to dispose erring employees, introduce reforms and clean the ranks of scalawags. Also, dispose old employees through early retirement so that the bureaucracy is pumped with idealistic new blood. If these things will not work, dissolving the agency is the best way to reboot.

  • Carl Benedict

    Tama ang proposal na automated pati pagbabayad para walang “TAWARAN”.

    Gawin na agad ang rehabilitasyon or abolisyon.

    Aksyonan ang corruption ng mga MAFIA – Generals, Politicians, Customs officials,

    We just dont want the existing system, MATRABAHO, HAWAK NG MAFIA.

    Palitan ng SIMPLIFIED AT AUTOMATED, yan ang dapat na pinangungutang ng gobyerno.

  • Carl Benedict

    tama si Redsnow. :) TOP-DOWN CHANGE. ONCE AND FOR ALL. STOP THE CORRUPTION.

  • boybakal

    Escudero calls for systemic changes in Customs vs Abolition….

    Now, we are having Abolitionist vs Reformist.

  • Carl Benedict

    SI HAGEDORN OR SI DUTERTE ANG ILAGAY NYO DYAN.

    • Michael Mallari

      tama… si Duterte siguro… pero palagay ko po.. si PING LACSON na eh.. huwag naman sana… dami namang iba diyan….

      • josh_alexei

        your idea is even shortsighted than Escu…Duterte or Lacson have term expiry or their lives expire…at anytime…WHAT THEN?

  • ppendoko53

    sa “abolition” akoooooo!!!!!!

  • julieboy

    Another dreamer in the senate..Systematic change is abolition,run by professionals not civil service personnel.Paid like the private sector and earn a certain percentage of its take from the importation.Make it a lucrative career for the qualified,what the govt. is deprived of taxes by the massive smuggling is more than enough to pay qualified custom executives not the bran of examiners we have at the moment.

  • sanjuan683

    Si Cheat ang ilagay mo diyan tutal mas madaldal ka naman baka makuha mo sa talkative.

  • ppendoko53

    TALAMAK na ang corruption sa BOC. mas malaki ang mawawala na panahon at pera na kikitain sana ng gobyerno sa ka re-reform, matitigas na ang “panga” ng mga “kawatan” diyan, hindi na tatablan iyan ng hiya. sa “reform” sistema lang ang mababago pero ang mga “KAWATAN” nandiyan pa rin, e-re reform lang din ng mga “KAWATAN” ang stratehiya nila at ituturo uli sa iba…. bwahahahaha!!! “ABOLITION” naaaaaa!!!!!!!

  • Ganymede

    E ayaw nga sumunod mga taga BOC eh. Yun lang ipapa automate yun transaction nag hain agad ng kaso due to their security of tenure kuno. You can’t change the system if the people won’t cooperate with you Chiz. Lahat sila laban sayo, wala kang magagawa. Baka ikaw pa ang kasuhan ng mga yan. You can easily say that systemic change, etc. That’s easier said than done. Between Comm. Biazon and you, I’ll trust the advice of Biazon. Nakita na niya mismo ang mga nangyayari on the ground because he worked in the bureau. What about you? What is your basis that systemic change will work? Kahit sa kapulisan natin, “image” lang ang nabago pero corrupt pa rin.

  • Hellomr

    Ma pa babae man o lalaki sa custom ay pare pareho ,kumpleto ka sa documento pero walang lagay ,ipit ka parin hangat hindi nagbibigay hindi lalabas ang container mo….
    Kahit siguro obispo ang ilagay mong BOC chief lalamunin parin ng bulok na systema.

  • boybakal

    You cannot take Chiz seriously….he isalways laughing when he talks as if it all joke.

  • Michael Mallari

    common guys.. that is just a campaign speech….. para lang mapag-usapan… pustahan tayo.. hehhe… ilalagay nila diyan si PING LACSON….. to my mind.. all were just a preparation for his appointment and a graceful exit for BIAZON… OK sana si PING.. kaya lang lately.. it seems he is to ambitious…. ano nga ang tawag niya nuon kay P-Noy ???? nung tumatakbo pa itong presidente…. can somebody remind me please…….. bakit parang nagbago ata ang ihip ng hangin??? ito ang ayaw ko sa mga katulad ni Ping…. tsk… kaya nga kahit sino.. wala akong boboto sa grupong p-noy..

  • herecomesrusty

    Two thumbs up, Mr Escudero. If casinos can prevent stealing, so should the BOC. The amount of lost revenue from smuggling may be more than enough to fund cctv systems and security monitoring personnels.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Mr. Escudero, do you mind telling us the people, just how do you change culture of stealing, looting and pillaging which many Filipinos are afflicted of these disease? It is not getting better. Instead, it is getting worse and expect it to get even worst as the population reaches 100 million.

  • rouelcalzita

    Mr. Escudero you are moron to suggest to change the culture of its officials and employees. You can’t change the full-blooded mind of its officials & employees in the BOC. It is also rampant in all offices and departments in the government & even in the private sectors.

    Are you naïve to determine how to change of its culture? First, you must to start
    from yourself, before you suggest changing from others culture.

  • doncleo

    ” If the assumption is that every one there is corrupt, then why not file cases against them..x x x x ” ..akala ko matalino ito… papano mo kakasuhan ang mahigit 4,000 na empleyado basado sa assumption lang?.. alam mo na marami magnanakaw ngunit mahirap nga patigilin at kumuha ng ebidensya dahil magkakasabwat halos lahat e di i-abolish mo na lang…. maski anong systems change ang gawin mo dyan e hindi uubra dahil nga kaugaliana na dyan ang magpalusot at magnakaw…magagaling sila magpaikot…kagaya din yan ng ginagawang batas ng mga senador na puno ng butas para may lusot ang mga vested interest na supporters nila…this is nonsense chiz..puro papogi..

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    The Senator is probably not aware that the payments of duties and taxes are now made thru direct bank debits of importers’ accounts for cashless transactions yet BoC personnel quickly adapted to this with their new systems that made such procedure ineffective. He must take a closer look at the situation because his pocketless uniform won’t achieve anything.

  • josh_alexei

    I think the proposal is not to abolish the Custom, but to outsource the Custom Services to a Professional outside contractors, just like the Call Centres doing the Fine jobs for various entities at lower cost…then it is up to the Contractor to hire their own employees to meet the terms of their contract with the Ministry of Finance…Escudero Idea is more of naivete and playing more for the public consumption…he is pure politician and learning all the tricks pretty fast…

  • arpeelazaro

    escudero just wanted some media mileage, grandstanding, ika nga. because of that negative publicity from his gf’s parents who hate him like anything. i dont think escudero gave much thought to this proposal of his. may masabi lang.

  • disqusted0fu

    It doesn’t matter what kind of reforms that you do to the BOC, for as long as a KKK is heading it, there will be rampant smuggling and corruption.

    Because KKKs get the absolute protection from Pnoy, they would either be just noynoying in their job, or be actually involved in the anomalies, or both.

  • paulapaula

    BILISAN MO NA MR. BIAZON…gawin mo na yan! pag natapos na ang term ni PNoy, aalisin ka na rin dyan at hindi mo na mababago ang BOC. Matutuwa na naman ang lahat ng corrupt dyan sa agency na yan…

  • paulapaula

    I remember one time.. ME: “Ang ganda naman ng car nIla! Bago na naman yun? SAGOT NUNG FREN KO: “eh sa Customs nagtatrabaho asawa nya eh” LOL

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