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BOC-Dumaguete
collects P1.859B
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Sub-port of Dumaguete has reported that its total tax collection for the year 2017 exceeded its target by as much as 42.65 percent.

In its final report submitted to the BOC central office, the Dumaguete Sub-port's total actual collection for the past year was pegged at more than PHP1.859 billion, which is PHP555.930 million higher than its target of PHP1.303 billion.

The 2017 accomplishment in tax collection is also way above the previous year's actual collection of PHP1.154 billion, Dumaguete Customs Collector Fe LluelynToring said.

She said the 2017 actual tax gains were higher by PHP704.351 million or 60.98 percent as opposed to 2016 due to increased importation shipments, particularly of petroleum products, palm olein, liquefied petroleum gas, dried copra, and cement.

The BOC-Dumaguete Sub-port's leading contributors/major importers are Filoil Energy Co., Inc. (Filoil), Dumaguete Coconut Mills Inc. (DUCOMI), Wilmar Edible Oils, Phils. Inc., GoldfinIntertrade Co. Ltd., Pryce Gases Inc., Primary Trident Marine Solutions Inc., Philsino Shipping Corp., and R. Queens International Trading Corp.

The top three importers for the Dumaguete Sub-port are Filoil with some PHP6.4 billion worth of petroleum products; Wilmar Edible Oils with PHP1.307 billion worth of palm oil; and DUCOMI with PHP568.694 million worth of palm oil imported.

Meanwhile, in its year-end accomplishment report, the Dumaguete Sub-port did not report any instance of illegal smuggling in its area of jurisdiction, covering the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Toring attributed this to the close coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine National Police, and the different local government units that supported the government's anti-smuggling campaign.

The Sub-port is also closely monitoring the different ports of Negros Oriental on containerized cargo importation, in coordination with the other agencies, for border control protection.

At the same time, it is coordinating with the National Food Authority on shipments of rice and corn, and verifying shipments coming from Mindanao.

In the handling of foreign postal items arriving in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, the Dumaguete BOC Sub-port has also coordinated with the local Post Office to ensure that proper revenues are being collected and to prevent the entry, transshipment, and export of prohibited items.

Toring said they had not set a target collection for the year 2018, pending communication from the BOC central office.*JFP/PNA

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