The Bureau of Customs – Port of Subic, led by District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan, CESO V, and the Department of Agriculture – Inspectorate and Enforcement (DA-IE) team, headed by Assistant Secretary James A. Layug, recently held a coordination meeting to strengthen collaboration between the two agencies. The meeting provided a platform for enhancing customs procedures and ensuring compliance with agricultural regulations.
During the meeting, key areas such as current updates on the importation of agricultural products, regulatory compliance measures, and information sharing mechanisms were discussed.
District Collector Talusan and Assistant Secretary Layug emphasized the importance of working closely together to streamline processes, address challenges, and foster partnership and joint initiatives. By aligning their efforts and leveraging each other’s expertise, the BOC – Port of Subic and the DA-IE aim to enhance efficiency, vigilance, and ensure the smooth flow of goods while safeguarding public health and the environment.
District Collector Talusan believes that active engagement with stakeholders and other government agencies will help in initiating comprehensive streamlining and simplification of processes while maintaining a balance with border protection.
Under the guidance of Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio, the Port of Subic remains committed in strengthening its anti-smuggling and border control operations, ensuring that no illicit trade enters the Port while promoting trade within the freeport zone.#