The Bureau of Customs (BoC) disclosed on Tuesday that it is intensifying its anti-corruption campaign in a bid to rid the agency of corrupt officials and employees.
The agency said that in 2021 alone, a total of 1,153 show-cause orders were issued to errant BoC employees which led to the dismissal, suspension, relief and reshuffling of post.
It added that the BoC Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (BoC-CIIS) had already conducted 133 personnel investigations which resulted in the filing of 44 administrative cases before the BoC-Legal Service.
The BoC was also able to transmit 14 cases to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and four cases to the Ombudsman.
During that period, three BoC employees were dismissed, 17 were suspended, six were reprimanded, 19 were relieved and 721 were reshuffled or transferred to various offices and ports due to irregular and unlawful activities.
The success in curbing corrupt practices in the Bureau is attributed to BoC’s various initiatives, which include the signing of the Manifesto against corruption by all officials and personnel of the Bureau on 30 March 2021.
The manifesto is aimed at enabling God-centered anti-corruption advocacy and moral transformation.
Through the guidance of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, the BoC-PACC Command Group and the BoC’s Anti-Corruption Coordinating Committees were created to oversee the anti-corruption campaign within the bureau, aligned with the PACC’s Project Kasangga. The initiative serves as a holistic way of suppressing corruption, which complements the task force of the Department of Justice and the national government.
The agency also enrolled in the Integrity Development Program of the World Customs Organization, where it received a 70 percent favorable rating based on responses from both internal and external stakeholders.
It also continues to undertake the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification of its Units and Offices. In 2021, nine BoC ports, subports, and offices have already been awarded with ISO 9001:2015 certifications, while the rest are in various stages of the ISO compliance process.