The World Customs Organization and the Philippine Bureau of Customs jointly launched the month-long “Integrity Diagnostic Mission” last August 26, 2021, as a step towards further preventing corruption and increasing the level of integrity in customs.

This program, conducted virtually by WCO, involves self-assessment on the part of the bureau to determine its current integrity situation and identify areas and opportunities for further improvement.

Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero and WCO Deputy Secretary-General, Ricardo Treviño led the event, which was also attended by WCO integrity experts and other key BOC officials including the BOC Integrity Core Team, that will facilitate the conduct of the Diagnostic Mission.  

 The Integrity Core Team is headed by Atty. Noemi Alcala-Garcia, Chief of the Planning and Policy Research Department with Atty. Marietta D. Zamoranos, Head of the External Affairs Office as the Assistant lead. Also in attendance were BOC officials who were tapped to participate as Integrity Contributors, in view of their expertise in areas or activities that have direct or indirect impact on the fight against corruption and promotion of integrity.

“This Integrity Diagnostic Mission provides for a holistic and comprehensive approach to the Integrity and Anti-corruption Program of the Bureau. The Integrity Program is enshrined in the Vision and Mission and the 2021 10-Point Priority Program of the Philippine Customs and is envisioned to be consistent with the WCO Arusha Declaration, the WCO Integrity Development Guide, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption,” the Commissioner has stated.