PPA employee caught on customs bureau CCTV relieved of post

MANILA — Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Jay Daniel Santiago said he has relieved the employee allegedly involved in an anomalous transaction after she was caught on a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) of the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

“As a result of her action, I already ordered the personnel relieved from her current position pending the result of the ongoing investigation,” Santiago said in a statement.

At the same time, he directed all PPA employees to follow anti-corruption procedures in light of the BoC video.

Santiago noted that strict adherence to government ethical standards is the only way to prevent similar cases from happening again.

On Wednesday, the BoC showed a CCTV footage of a PPA personnel allegedly receiving money from “importers/brokers transacting and processing papers to avail of gate passes”.

“Based on our initial investigation, our employee caught on CCTV deviated from the prescribed transaction procedures, the very reason why she’s in this mess right now,” the PPA chief said.

“Procedures and guidelines are put in place specifically to prevent this kind of scenarios. That is why I am directing all PPA personnel not to deviate from any of our procedures in order to avoid similar instances from happening again in the future,” he added.

Santiago meanwhile lauded the BoC for installing the CCTVs and for showing the alleged malpractice of its employees.

He also assured the public that the agency will not tolerate any kind of corruption and punish to the full extent of the law all personnel found guilty of any corrupt practice. PNA/northboundasia.com