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BOC EYES FULL AUTOMATION OF SYSTEMS TO EXPEDITE AGENCY PROCESSES



In a bid to improve revenue collection and trade facilitation within the agency, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is eyeing for a system upgrade — full automation.

According to Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña, such was the aim of the agency; Hence, fulfilling the need of their stakeholders of reformation and transformation, specifically, in processes.

Moreover, the system upgrade will make the agency at par with the Information Technology systems of Customs administrations not only in the Asia-Pacific Region but also in the world.

The BOC Chief added that the automation will lessen human intervention, saying that he is eyeing to abolish some sections to remove benchmarking which said to be the cause of the controversial ‘tara’ system at the agency.

Lapeña said that in two years time, the system will be fully automated as they have partnered with the World Bank, given that they have to spend around $200 million for the upgrade.

However, agreements between the two parties have yet to be finalized.

Last week, the Customs Chief participated at the 11th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area Heads of Customs Meeting in Malaysia where he proposed the implementation of a Time Release Study (TRS).

This, according to Lapeña, will facilitate faster shipment processing which will then stimulate economic growth.

Meanwhile, member countries are set to submit a report regarding the matter next year.