MANILA, Philippines: The Bureau of Customs (BoC) moved closer to full computerization as it implements additional automation projects to further enhance efficiency and transparency.
Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio said over the weekend that the bureau has digitized 160 out of 166 customs processes for a digitalization rate of 96.39 percent.
“These digital transformations signify the BoC’s commitment to modernization and improving service delivery aligned with the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,” Rubio said.
There are at least six automation projects for implementation that will simplify export processes and documentation, thus reducing red tape and expediting trade facilitation.
The modernization project is a key component of the country’s compliance with its international commitment that includes integration in an Asean-wide electronic exchange of certificate of origin, which prohibits manual submission.
Customs Chief Bienvenido Rubio. PHOTO BY MIKE ALQUINTO
Assistant Commissioner and concurrent Boc spokesman Philip Vincent Maronilla expressed confidence that a fully computerized BoC will be achieved under the Marcos administration.
“This will be the legacy of the present administration,” Maronilla said.
Full computerization would result in paperless transactions and eliminate person-to- person interactions between customs employees and brokers and importers.
“It will eradicate a lot of systems that are very much prone to corruption and the discretion of our personnel which provide the opportunity to do corrupt acts,” Maronilla said.
Last month, the BOC unveiled the e-Travel System, a single platform available in the eGoV application that allows passengers to submit their baggage declaration form prior to arrival or departure electronically.
It will optimize border control, enhance health surveillance and facilitate economic data analysis.