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New Customs-NAIA chief sworn in

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña Jr. has designated Ninoy Aquino International Airport deputy collector for operations Ramon Anquilan as officer-in-charge of Collection District III-Naia.

Lapeña said Anquilan's assumption as Customs-Naia collector came in replacement of Edgar Macabeo, who retired late last month.

Prior to his present appointment, Anquilan was Post Entry Audit Group chief of the Customs Compliance Assessment Office; officer-in-charge director of Trade Information Risk Analysis Office; Special Assistant to the Office of the Commissioner; deputy collector for operations in Port of Cebu; and collector in Mactan and Dumaguete.

Anquilan also served as OIC at the Naia Customs-On Board Courier Center, and appraiser and examiner at the Airport Arrival Operations Division before becoming the Formal Entry Division chief.

Lapeña said he is optimistic that with the appointment of Anquilan as Naia-Customs collector, the district would be able to meet its P50 billion revenue target for this year.

The Customs chief said he is hoping that Naia district personnel will improve their collection performance also with the help of the newly acquired P172 million worth X-ray scanning machines.

Lapeña said with the new X-ray machines, taxable items can be easily detected as well as drugs and guns hidden in luggage and balikbayan boxes without opening them.

“These are advance units. We will be able to improve the facilitation of luggage and at the same time, every box or bag would be subjected to thorough inspections,” he said.

During the 57th anniversary of the Customs-Naia office, Lapeña honored Macabeo by awarding him a Plaque of Appreciation for the good work he has done for the bureau.

At the same time, Lapeña warned that something unpleasant will happen to agency personnel who do not make the proper valuation of goods.

He said he received as marching order from Malacañang to stop corruption in the bureau as well as to improve its revenue earnings.

The former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director general also took the opportunity to remind the Customs rank and file that the “tara” bribery system is illegal.

Topics: Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña Jr. , Customs-NAIA chief , Ramon Anquilan , Ninoy Aquino International Airport
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