CAGAYAN de Oro City–The Bureau of Customs District 10 in Northern Mindanao met its target collection for 2016, amounting to Php 9.7 billion with an 8.36 percent increase difference compared to 2015.
Collection performance was a bit short in the early and mid of 2016 mostly due to the drop in the prices of oil.
Apart from the Cagayan de Oro port, there are the Mindanao Container Terminal sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, the Iligan sub-port in Lanao del Norte and the Ozamiz sub-port in Misamis Occidental.
From January to August, last year, revenue collection was on the red. It swung upward starting September, overcoming the target by Php168.97 million and in October by 383.94 million, under the stewardship of then MCT-sub port Collector Nash Guro.
November and December also followed suit having the BOC-10 met its target collection for 2016.
Atty. Tomas Alsid, district collector of the Port of Cagayan de Oro, expressed optimism for 2017 target, following the meeting of the 2016 collection target as soon as he assumed office, here, last quarter of the year.
The curbing of smuggling by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service under the Intelligence Group (CIIS-IG) in the ports of Cagayan de Oro and the sub-ports under the jurisdiction of BOC-10 by as much as P200 million or 91.5 percent in 2016 by way of seizures and forfeitures has helped a lot in meeting the collection target.
Alvin Enciso, acting chief of CIIS-10, said from an estimated total value of P228,520,000 in 2015, seizures and forfeitures in 2016 only amounted to P19,500,000.
“We have been stringent in all examinations for importations, and the higher ups in Manila, including CIIS-CDO, have been positive and upbeat for 2016, because smuggling is being curtailed,” Enciso said.
Enciso said out of the almost P20 million seizures, the amount of P4,517,595 were converted into additional duties and taxes for the year 2016.
Enciso explained the priority mandate of the BOC is on revenue generation and trade facilitation, as well as, anti-smuggling. “When smuggling is down, revenue collection is up. That’s how it is,” Enciso said.
Topping 2016 seizures and forfeitures are used clothing, locally known as “ukay-ukay” followed by truck replacement parts also known as “chop chop” and regulated items such as rice, sugar, mosquito coils and used television sets, among others.