Anti-corruption drive is BOC chief’s top priority

MANILA — Fighting corruption and removing corrupt officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) will be the top priority of newly-appointed Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

During his speech at his first flag-raising ceremony as head of the Bureau on Monday, he also vowed to implement reforms in the agency and to further enhance their performance of its personnel as public servants.

“But the fight against corruption and cleansing of the BOC of corrupt officials will be my top priority as your Commissioner,” the new Customs head said.

Sa dahilan na ito ating paguutos sa pagpapatigil sa systema ng tara at ano pa man pamamaraan pag hingi or pagtanggap ng suhol sa pakikipag transaction sa ating ahensya (With this, we would stop the system where personnel are prone to bribery),” he added.

Guerrero also urged the public to report to authorities those who will use his name in any of the transactions in the agency so that he can appropriately deal with these unscrupulous individuals.

“In this regard, concerns and transactions in the bureau should follow official channels and the regular process. Everything should be documented, reported and transparent,” the Customs chief added.

He noted that he will use his power and authority to be able to accomplish his mission, and asked Customs personnel to help him to do these tasks.

“I will use the full extent of the powers and authority given to me as your commissioner to make sure that I will accomplish my mission,” Guerrero said,

“Ibalik natin ang tiwala ng ating mamayan sa BOC, sa ating ahensya, at sa lahat ng empleyado (Let us bring back the trust of our people in the BOC, in the agency and to all of our employees),” he added.

On Wednesday, Guerrero officially took over the Customs Commissioner’s post, succeeding Isidro Lapeña who was designated as the Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.