Smuggled cigarettes seized in Zambo.
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) is opening its doors for new applicants to fill-up over 1,000 plantilla positions this year.
Deputy Commissioner for Internal Administration (IAG), Donato San Juan, said that as of end of last month, the Human Resources Management Division (HRMD) has already filled up some 547 plantilla positions and deployed to the bureau’s various collection districts while 899 applicants are now being screened to fill up the remaining positions.
Meanwhile, Atty. Segundo Barte, port collector of Zamboanga, reported to Guerrero the seizure of 93 cases of smuggled cigarettes last September 28 with an estimated value of more than P2.4 million.
A plantilla position is a permanent position in the bureau based on its table of organization (TO). As such, it is covered by the security of tenure provision and other employment guidelines of the Civil Service Commission.
During the bureau’s regular flag-raising ceremony last Monday, customs chief, Rey Leonardo Guerrero, welcomed a fresh batch of 64 newly-hired and promoted customs employees and reminded them to remain faithful to their sworn duty to deliver what is expected of them as public servants.
The confiscation, Barte added, was through the combined effort of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the local Task Force Aduana and the Philippine Navy unit of the Western Command of the Armed Forces.
Barte said the shipment was found on board the ‘MJ Champion,’ a wooden hulled vessel from Jolo, Sulu. It was bound for the public markets in Zamboanga when it was apprehended off Istanbak, Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.
Last September 18, Barte said they also seized 30 cartons of assorted smuggled cigarettes worth more than P900,000 loaded into two vehicles at the local port.