BOC-Davao improves revenue collection

By Anthony S. Allada

THE Bureau of Customs-Davao has continued a good showing in surpassing its collection target for the month of August this year, even as the over-all collection of BOC, the country’s second largest collection agency next to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, failed again to hit the target.

BOC-Davao District Collector Martiniano Bangcoy said that they collected P467 million above from its quota of P435 million or a surplus of 7 percent.

“It is always my policy to my personnel to strive hard, work overtime to meet our monthly goals if not surpass them,” Bangcoy said.

In July, only Davao and Clark ports hit their respective targets with Davao port registering the biggest surplus with 16%. The other 15 ports including the Port of Manila, which recorded the biggest deficit, failed to hit their targets.

The BOC has yet to report the number of ports to recover from their shortfall but according to Bangcoy he received a text message that aside from their port, seven others were able to meet their monthly goals.

In another report, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon blamed two long holidays and weather-related disruptions that contributed to their failure to bounce back from a series of months of missing their collection target.

The BOC only collected P22.307 billion in August — slightly more than the P22.152 collected in August 2011, but P6 billion lower than the target for the month of P28 billion.

Biazon cited the holidays in August 21 and 27, and the Southwest monsoon rain that caused record floods in the National Capital Region and neighboring areas that resulted in suspension of work in the top ports in the capital.

“In effect, we only had 19 working days in August 2012, compared to the 23 days in August 2011,” Biazon said.

The August collections brought the agency’s 8-month revenue take to P190.04 billion, 10.5% more than a year ago.

The BOC is tasked to collect P347 billion this 2012, a target that is increasingly becoming difficult to meet. It is tasked to collect P397 billion in 2013. (ASA)






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