GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija -- Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos has offered a solution to possibly end the corruption at the Bureau of Customs and that is professionalizing the bureau and modernizing its equipment.
Marcos, who is vying for a Senate seat in next year’s midterm polls, was in Nueva Ecija where she graced a pre-Christmas gathering of members of the Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Guimba at the jampacked municipal gym last Saturday.
Although she admires the efforts of President Duterte in stamping out corruption by assigning former military officers at the agency, the lady governor, however, said she believes that this so-called militarization is just ‘temporary’ or only a stop-gap measure.
Marcos, the only local chief executive running for senator, said the Bureau of Customs along with its personnel need to be professionalized in order to meet the agency’s true standards.
“Ang Customs ay highly-technical na trabaho, very technical siya papalit-palit kailangang lagi nag-a-upgrade, nagbabago at high-tech pati ang mga equipment. Tingnan natin i-professionalize natin, dahil there has to be highly-trained professionals who should know how to do the job,” she said.
Aside from undergoing professionalization, the bureau must also be modernized, especially its equipment. “Maraming kulang sa equipment, sa bodega hanggang sa mga tauhan,” Marcos added.
The Ilocos Norte governor was reacting to a query posed by this reporter during a mini-press briefing at the municipal mayor’s office here where she was asked what possible solutions she can offer in order to stamp out corruption at the Customs.
Her statements came amid President Duterte’s recent order for the Armed Forces to take over what he described as a “corrupt” Bureau of Customs where his appointment of “honest men” in the military would help him eliminate corruption.