The Bureau of Customs (BOC), Port of Davao, as a member of the Sub-Committee C of Border Crossing, attended the preparatory meeting for the 39th PH-ID Border Committee Chairman’s Conference last September 6, 2022, at the DFA Mindanao Conference Room, SM Ecoland, Davao City
BOC Davao was represented by Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Chief, IO-II Felix A. Espino III and Enforcement Security Service (ESS) District Commander, Sp/Lt. Jah T. Atencia.
Among the matters discussed during the meeting was the use of passports instead of border crossing cards, improved consular access for detained Filipinos, trading opportunities in border areas, the use of non-conventional vessels in the border areas, and addressing the entry of illegal goods and terrorists through the border areas.
The Committee also agreed to review the 1975 Border Patrol and Border Crossing Agreements between the Philippines and Indonesia to strengthen forces and modernize efforts in curbing illegal activities, smuggling, and terrorism.
Collection District XII, headed by District Collector Atty. Erastus Sandino B. Austria, under the leadership of Commissioner Yogi Filemon L. Ruiz, will continue to actively coordinate with other agencies in its efforts to carry out its mission on border protection and trade facilitation.