Considering the logistical restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects to the overall trade environment, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) was still able to collect a total of P54.050 billion against its P53.061 billion August 2021 collection target, posting a surplus of P989 million or 1.86 percent, a press release from the agency said yesterday.
It added that remarkably, the bureau consistently met and exceeded its monthly revenue collection target since January this year.
Based on the preliminary report from the BOC-Financial Service, 6 of the 17 Collection Districts hit their target, namely the ports of San Fernando, Port of Manila, Surigao, Davao, Clark and Limay.
As of date, the Bureau of Customs collected P412.964 billion since January, reflecting the 67 percent of the 2021 collection target of P616.749 billion.
The BOC’s positive revenue collection performance is attributed to the improved valuation and volume of importations, and the intensified collective efforts of all the ports to prevent revenue leakages and collect all lawful revenues.
BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero commended the efforts of men and women of the Bureau of Customs who, despite the risk to their health and safety showed their unwavering commitment and dedication to service.
Meanwhile, the BOC at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday facilitated the expeditious release of 3,000,000 Sinovac vaccines at Terminal 2 via PR359 and 15,000 Sputnik V vaccines at Terminal 3 via QR932.
The shipments were pre-cleared last August 30, 2021 via the BOC-NAIA COVID-19 One-Stop-Shop. Upon arrival, said vaccines were immediately transported and underguarded to Pharmaserv Cold Storage Facility, the DOH designated facility.
As of date, 7 vaccine brands with more than 50 million total doses were processed and released by the Bureau of Customs – 29.5M Sinovac, 1M Sinopharm, 8.43M Astrazenca, 4.96M Pfizer-BioNTech, 380K Sputnik V, 4.30M Moderna, 3.24M Johnson & Johnson, and 100K Hayat Vax COVID-19 vaccines.
In addressing the safety and welfare of its frontliners who provide government service 24/7 to facilitate these critical commodities, BOC also held their vaccination program in Port of NAIA, in partnership with the IATF and DOH, entitled “RESBAKUNA sa Bureau of Customs NAIA” vaccination programs last June 19, July 17, and August 14, 2021 for the inoculation of its 1,357 airport frontliners. Port of NAIA is also the 1st Certified National Government Agency (Non-LGU, Non-Health Facility) to host vaccination programs.
The Bureau of Customs under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Gurerro and the Port of NAIA, headed by District Collector Carmelita Talusan, ensures that critical commodities are cleared and released expeditiously to continuously support the national vaccination program of the government.*