BOC chief abolishes Command Center

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena. | File photo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4) — Amid the ongoing Senate probe on the controversial P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China, the new Customs chief is implementing reforms inside the bureau.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña signed on August 31 a new memorandum which dismantled the Command Center (Comcen).

The Comcen, created under former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon in 2016, issues alert orders on shipments.

The new memo signed by Lapeña reverted the authority to issue alert orders to deputy commissioners of the Intelligence Group, Enforcement Group, and all district collectors nationwide.

Aside from this, he also reminded employees to stop practices that would compromise their work, such as the cultures of "pasalubong," "tara," and the "no gift and no take policy."

The new BOC chief said he will implement a one-strike policy against erring officials and employees.

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"Once I receive reports of your involvement with corrupt practices and such reports are validated, you will see immediate action based on the offense committed," Lapeña said.

The new BOC chief said he is willing to give a "clean slate" to everybody, and asked the employees to establish reforms in the bureau.

"Help me reform the bureau, help me in my mission to liberate the bureau from the clutches of corruption and hit its collection target as ordered by the President," Lapeña said.