MINDANAO Container Terminal (MCT) port collector John Simon has requested the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to declare his port as an entirely new district separate from its current mother unit, the BOC Revenue Collection District 10.
In a letter dated March 20 and submitted before BOC Commissioner Leonardo Guerrero, Simon pointed out that MCT needed to be elevated as a new district since economic development and trading activity of Northern Mindanao has already shifted from Cagayan de Oro to Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental for the past decade. (MCT is located in Tagoloan.)
“This can be validated from the quality and quantity of imported cargoes that has entered our territory which resulted to the huge revenues we had collected that comprise 70 percent of the old Collection District 10,” Simon said. “This is the reason why in the ongoing restructuring plan of the Bureau of Customs, this has been highlighted and recommended because this will give the opportunity for MCT to be better managed and be able to expeditiously act on very urgent matters.”
Simon went on saying that MCT needs its own voice in BOC, reporting to the body the true and actual situation and achievements of MCT in the areas of trade facilitation, revenue generation, trade security, anti-smuggling and other initiatives in the area of customs reform and modernization.
Simon was instrumental in the eviction of 1,400 tons of garbage from South Korea that entered into MCT last July 2018 under his predecessor Floro Calixihan, who ironically is now Simon’s boss as the BOC 10 district collector.