MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Wednesday that its overall reform program will not be affected by the issuance of a 72-hour Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on the implementation of Customs Personnel Order (CPO).
“The transfer of customs collectors 5 and 6 to the CPRO is just part of a bigger reform agenda for the BOC. We have other reform measures already being undertaken in the BOC. So we don’t see the TRO as a major setback to this administration’s thrust to reform the Bureau of Customs,” said Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon in a statement.
However, the BOC chief said that they respect the decision of MTC Judge Marino De La Cruz, Jr., noting that the bureau and the Department of Finance (DOF) will also present its position on the issue within the prescribed period.
“We will respect the decision of the court, just as we also respect the decision of all the TRO petitioners to avail of their right to seek court judgement on the issue,” he added.
The CPO (No. B-189-2013) ordered the transfer of all Collectors five (5) and six (6) of the bureau to the newly created Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO). The order affected 27 senior collectors of the BOC.
However, only 15 of the affected collectors sought the RTC’s intervention.
Biazon added that the bureau’s reform program will not be sidetracked by the court’s ruling.
“The President has spoken before about the needed reforms in the BOC, and we have to follow,” he said.
Biazon added, “We should be involved in this opportunity to reform the BOC and be part of a customs legacy that pushed for real reforms in the bureau. (MNS)