BOC Has New System; Will it Work?

By Chito Junia

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is practically moving heaven and earth to curb corruption and smuggling in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

He has ordered the strict enforcement of the “No Tara” policy, scrapped benchmarking, subjected all loaded containerized vans to x-ray scanning, and suspended the green lane. And now, to further enhance the bureau’s anti-smuggling efforts, particularly in scrapping benchmarking, the bureau has adopted a new queuing and status verification system (SVS) that will enable customs clients to monitor the status of entry documents submitted to the Formal Entry Division (FED).

Under the SVS, valuation of imported…

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Snap Presidential Election?

Miguel Castro (Mang Miguel), a 73-year-old shoemaker from Tarlac City, was jubilant. The self-professed die-hard follower of Digong Duterte bragged to his customers about the armed forces' hard-earned victory in Marawi City, and even cited the grateful message from the head of the US Pentagon that likewise lauded them.

"The President's triumph in Marawi is the triumph of all of the world's freedom-loving peoples over the evil scourge of  Jihadism", Mang Miguel boasted in Tagalog to the delight of his listeners. 

"But I worry about the President's health and advancing age, as well as the yellow opposition's non-stop street…

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Are changes for real at BOC?

WHEN retired general and former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) head Isidro Lapena assumed his new post as Customs Commissioner over a month ago, he immediately issued two memorandum orders. 

One of his orders was the imposition of “No Tara” system or (no grease money) while the other was his warning of “one-strike policy” for all customs officials and personnel who would be involved in illegal activities. 

At first, Lapena’s orders were received with skepticism by some customs officials. 

 

Customs Shakeup

But when he started a customs shakeup that involved the reassignment of district collectors, deputy…

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Victories At Binakayan And Dalahican!

From tomorrow, Thursday, November 9, until Saturday, November 11, we mark the 121st anniversaries of the 1896 twin Battles of Binakayan and Dalahican in Cavite.

Since the “Cry of Balintawak or Pugad Lawin” in late August, the Katipunan, under its Supremo, Andres Bonifacio, had not been successful in battle. He was defeated at Pinaglabanan, San Juan del Monte on August 30, 1896. That is why, he and his rebel troops eventually ended up in Cavite. Binakayan was in Kawit, the hometown of Emilio Aguinaldo. Dalahican was in Noveleta, the hometown of Mariano Alvarez.

There were two factions in Cavite, the…

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What to do during unexpected events

THIS school year alone, we have run out of count of how many times classes were called off because of the possibility of flooding brought by heavy downpours. 

Among the dates when disruption of classes occurred were July 27, August 8 and September 12. 

Then, last September 21, classes and work in government offices were called off due to the Martial Law Anniversary demonstrations and protests. 

Two weeks ago, classes and work in government offices were again called off due to the PISTON jeepney strikes. 

 

Classes and Work Suspensions

On November 13, 14 and 15,…

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