MANILA, Philippines — At least 10,000 containers pass through the Bureau of Customs (BOC) every day.
Because of this volume, BOC admits it is impossible to conduct physical inspection and verification on each container.
In an episode of Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon suggested that the BOC should have pre-shipment inspections.
This will require inspection of all shipments right upon arrival at the port before loading them to containers.
“Our current system does not give us any idea on what is inside the container except through the importer’s declaration because not all shipments are subject to 100% inspection,” said Rep. Bianzon.
Biazon believes there is a need to install additional x-ray machines in the premises of BOC however, the space in the bureau is limited.
“Currently, an x-ray is a stand alone unit. The only person seeing it in real time is the operator,” said Biazon.
So the operator can turn a blind eye?” asked Kuya Daniel Razon.
“Exactly! Our proposal is, once the Customs clearance system is upgraded, the x-ray recording is put online so there will be an oversight,” said Biazon
“So, somebody else can see it,” added Razon.
Biazon sees one solution to the problem is to dissolve the BOC and create a new agency.
He believes somebody has to be held liable in the ongoing controversy of shipment of illegal drugs into the country.
Nevertheless, Biazon believes the issue is not enough reason to remove Commissioner Faeldon from office.
Will you support your colleagues calling for Faeldon to resign?
“No. I don’t join the call for his resignation. I never believed for calling someone’s resignation unless there are solid pieces of evidence. At this point, I don’t see any solid evidence that Commissioner Faeldon allowed drugs to come in,” Biazon explained.
— Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue