Bureau of Customs seeks Comelec OK to reshuffle agency

February 09, 2019
Rey Leonardo Guerrero

THE Bureau of Customs is seeking the approval of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to reshuffle its key personnel as part of Comm. Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s 10-Point Reform Program’ for the agency.

A copy of the 3-page request signed by Guerrero and furnished to this writer, showed the Comelec received the request for election ban exemption last January 28 covering 192 customs officials and personnel.

With the start of the election period last January 13 lasting to June 12, the poll body assumes full authority in the movement of all government personnel, except those provided for by law.

Prior to January 13, however, Guerrero, with the approval of the Department of Finance, had already issued several customs personnel orders (CPOs) the effectivity of which, stressed deputy commissioner for internal administration (DCA) Donato San Juan II, is on their receipt of the poll body’s approval.

“The formal assumption would have to wait the Comelec approval,” San Juan told this writer on the sideline of the bureau’s 117th anniversary last Tuesday.

San Juan also added that “majority” of those covered by the request are the newly-hired customs employees, most of whom would be deployed as part of the Customs Police (ESS) and at the ‘X-Ray Inspection Project’ (XIP).

Among the most prominent officials affected by the reshuffle is Cebu District collector, Atty. Elvira Cruz.

Cruz was relieved of her post by Guerrero and ordered transferred to the bureau’s ‘Compliance Monitoring Unit’ (CMU) under CPO B-11-2019 dated January 10.

Cruz is set to be replaced by Atty. Charlito Martin Mendoza, who is presently assigned at Guerrero’s office.