Customs revenue collection up at the NAIA

By Benjie Lim Vergara

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THE Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday expressed confidence that it will hit its target collection for the year end after noting that it has continuously exceeded its monthly collection since May.

According to District III Collector Carmelita Talusan, because of the full cooperation of the bureau’s personnel and the revenue enhancement measures it adopted, the port’s revenue collection has improved.

Talusan said the total revenue collected from May to July has reached to PhP9.738 billion, surpassing the PhP9.440 billion target collection. She pointed out that their collection target during these periods was PhP3 billion for the month of May, PhP3.150 billion for June, and PhP3.290 billion for the month of July.

But the actual collection for the targeted months each respectively came with a total of PhP3.154 billion, P3.237 billion, and P3.346 billion, Talusan explained.

Pharmaceuticals, electronic parts, communications equipment, cellphone gadgets and parts, computer parts, perishable items, and plane engine and its parts are the main factors of importations at the NAIA bonded warehouses.

While at the NAIA arrival area, Customs officials collected duties and taxes from passengers bringing in taxable items such as expensive collection of signature bags, jewelry, and other items the passengers failed to declare.

Talusan said the district’s improved revenue collection performance is driven by the strong revenue enhancement measures adopted by the BoC in compliance with the earlier directive of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña in a bid to hit the revenue collection goal.

Recently, Lapeña commended the Port of NAIA and other ports for exceeding revenue targets.

Talusan added, they will jointly pursue more reforms “which will not only focus on our goal to hit the target but will also enhance government service and improve the image of the bureau.”

The District III Collection port earlier launched the logo-slogan “Hit the Target” campaign. Talusan added that the campaign will jump start a synergy and mind setting for NAIA Customs employees.


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Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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