BOC Boosts Scanning Capabilities through Trainings and Equipment
In view of being a border protection unit of the country mandated to strengthen vigilance among its seventeen (17) ports nationwide, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) executes measures to further boost and streamline the agency’s inspection capabilities through the enhancement of its x-ray operations.
Through its Interim Training and Development Division (ITDD), the Bureau conducted various trainings to the personnel of its ports assigned at the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP). Among which are port personnel of XIP, Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Assessment Division. Amidst the impacts of the unanticipated outbreak of COVID-19, the Bureau was able to conduct a total of fourteen (14) batches of these trainings in 2020. For the first two months of 2021, two (2) trainings have already been conducted.
Previously, last February 15-16, 2021, the Bureau held the Basic Operation and Image Analysis Training of Rapiscan 636SV Mobile Baggage Scanner attended by concerned personnel of Port of Cebu as well as Sub-port of Mactan. The training discussed the basic know-how in operating the Mobile Baggage Scanners disseminated to the various ports of the Bureau. It aims to enhance and streamline x-ray operations at all airports covering incoming baggage or parcels whether accompanied or unaccompanied by passengers disembarking off international flights and to strengthen the government’s fight against entry of illegal drugs, firearms and other anti-social goods specifically giving attention to baggage coming from high-risk countries.
For March 2021, the Bureau is currently conducting a Basic Operation and Image Analysis Training of Astrophysics Portal X-ray Machine at the Port of Manila from March 2-4.
Meanwhile, eight (8) scanning technologies were installed in 2020 at various ports and facilities namely, Port of Manila, Manila International Container Port (MICP), Port of Cebu, Port of Davao, Zamboanga International Airport, and the XIP Examination Area. The installations were composed of Portal Type Scanner, Hand Carry Baggage Scanner, and Mobile Container Scanners and CT Luggage Inspection Systems donated by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Further, one (1) unit of Portal Type Scanner has been installed at the Port of Davao in January 2021.
As the Bureau of Customs continuously embarks on ways to improve its inspection capabilities, the BOC is also implementing such measures consistent to its effort and mandate of collecting lawful revenues which are significant in the nation’s drive towards economic recovery.