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BOC marks 122nd anniversary with new programs, collective action

February 14, 2024

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has unveiled significant programs for this year, reflecting and reinforcing its commitment to achieve a world-class service on the back of sterling revenue collection performance and dynamic digitalization efforts.

In celebrating the agency’s 122nd founding anniversary, BOC Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio turned the spotlight on his new 5-Point Priority Programs, built upon last year’s initiative that helped the Bureau reach unparalleled accomplishments.

These programs include the Digitalization of Customs Processes, Surpassing Collection Targets, Streamlining Procedures to Facilitate Secure Trade, Combatting Smuggling in All Forms, and Enhancing Employee Welfare and Development. He also unwrapped forthcoming activities and projects aimed at realizing BOC’s goals for the year.

The BOC commemorated its 122nd founding anniversary on February 13, 2024, at the Rizal Park Hotel, Manila, with Secretary Ralph G. Recto of the Department of Finance as Guest of Honor and Speaker.

In line with BOC’s commitment to combating smuggling, the event started with the ceremonial condemnation of forfeited vape products discovered in Valenzuela in October 2023. It was followed by a donation of assorted goods to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from the BOC-Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in support of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s advocacy for social responsibility.

Embracing the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) 2024 theme “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose,” the BOC recognized its trade partners for their invaluable contribution to the bureau’s success by having Secretary Recto and Commissioner Rubio personally hand out awards to top importers and exporters for their important role.

The event coincides with the launching of Customs Industry Consultative and Advisory Council (CICAC), a consultative body between the BOC and the business sector, addressing existing and potential Customs and industry issues, promoting mutual understanding, and strengthening the BOC’s harmonious relationship with its industry partners.

“Your ready support and active participation will be very crucial in ensuring that our stakeholders are well-presented in every decision-making process we will undertake.” Commissioner Rubio said in his speech.

Secretary Recto acknowledged the BOC for its exceptional dedication and valuable contributions to its mission. He highlighted the Bureau’s commitment and emphasized the value of its function in upholding the integrity of international trade and safeguarding national interest. Secretary Recto’s recognition underscored the importance of the agency’s role in promoting economic growth and stability.

Secretary Recto relayed President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s directive and stated “The President himself has specifically emphasized that we must ensure a future where the BOC remains a symbol of trust, honesty, and efficiency — principles that will nurture a thriving economic environment and form the bedrock of every Filipino’s aspirations.”

Moreover, a joint flag-raising ceremony was conducted at the OCOM Grounds on February 12 to honor retirees with service awards and granted loyalty awards to those who had dedicated more than 40 years in service.

Founded in 1902, the country’s second largest revenue generating agency has successfully expanded its programs and services and ride the wave of digitalization to propel the agency’s performance.

“We look back to over a century of accomplishments and values which have changed the course of our institution for the better, and we look forward to a concrete sense of future fueled by our passion to serve our stakeholders and fully modernize our customs administration.” said Commissioner Rubio.

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