Bureau of Customs exceeds April tax goal

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) has exceeded its collection target for April on the back of its continuing efforts to plug revenue leakages and enhanced revenue collection efforts under Comm. Rey Leonado ‘Jagger’ Guerrero.

Quoting from the preliminary report by the bureau’s Financial Service, Guerrero said actual revenue collection is up by 3.3 percent or more than P1.7 billion.

“The bureau was expected to collect P51.604 billion in April, but because of our stringent monitoring and continuing efforts to enhance our revenue collection capabilities, we were able to collect P53.33 billion which is higher than the target revenue,” Guerrero said.

The official further noted that on year-on-year basis, April’s collection is even 14 percent higher compared to the same period last year.

“In April 2018, we only collected P46.794 billion, but this year we exceeded our collection performance and even generated more than P1.726 billion surplus,” Guerrero stated.

Based on the preliminary report, 12 of the 17 collection districts were able to hit their respective targets, namely: the Manila International Container Port (MICP), Port of Limay, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Port of Cagayan de Oro, Port of Subic, Port of Cebu, Port of Davao, Port of San Fernando La Union, Port of Iloilo, Port of Tacloban, Port of Zamboanga and Port of Legaspi.

The port with the most impressive performance is the Manila International Container Port (MICP) under district collector, Atty. Dino Austria, which is the bureau’s largest collection unit in terms of revenue target.

From lagging behind other districts, the MICP last month registered a surplus of more than P200 million, with an actual cash collection of P13.8 billion, from its assigned target of P13.6 billion.

The MICP contributed 25 percent to the overall revenue target of the bureau for the month.

“Finally, the systems we implemented has borne results,” Austria told MICP personnel.

“Without everybody’s participation, and cooperation, we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this,” he added.