Customs to deputize Zambo law enforcers vs smuggling PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:57

The Bureau of Customs will soon deputize the law enforcement agencies in Zamboanga City in its aggressive campaign against smuggling activities in this part of the region.

Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa announced this during the press briefing with Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday morning in City Hall.

Dellosa, a retired general, said he himself will write a letter to all law enforcement agencies in the city to deputize them to run after the smugglers and smuggled goods like rice, sugar, construction supplies, etc.

The letter will be addressed to the Coast Guard, the Zamboanga City Police Office through the Police Regional Office and Task Force Zamboanga through the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

This, after the chief executive backed by a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlungsod had requested the BOC to authorize the local law enforcement agencies in the fight against smuggling activities at port of this city.

The commissioner said he had already received the request but the same was forwarded to the Department of Finance for comment and approval.

However, pending such approval, Dellosa said he himself will signed the deputization letter in his capacity as deputy commissioner for intelligence, primarily responsible for anti-smuggling operations.

To recall, Mayor Climaco personally conveyed Thursday her deepest gratitude and appreciation former Acting District Collector Maj. Jerry Loresco for his invaluable service rendered to Zamboanga City and its people.

Maj. Loresco, who replaced Miguelfio Saquisame sometime in March 2015, made his exit call on the city chief executive Thursday morning in City Hall.

He reported to the mayor that during his 10-month stint as acting district collector, the Bureau of Customs at the Port of Zamboanga ranked No. 3 nationwide in terms of tax collection from imported goods, such as rice, sugar and construction materials.

This, Loresco added, after the BOC was able to surpass its collection target by 200% as a result of strict implementation of customs tariff on imported goods passing through the Port of Zamboanga.

“We were able to achieve 300% collection or 200% over and above the target for 2015,” he said, and he attributed their accomplishments to the cooperation and coordination among all other law enforcement agencies in Zamboanga.

However, he lamented that the P78-million worth of seized smuggled goods cannot be auctioned yet as these are still under court custody due to the cases filed against the owners or importers.

Prior to his assignment in the city, Loresco was the Customs investigation division chief in Manila.

Early on, Engr. Benhur Arabani, officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Customs at the Port of Zamboanga, also paid his courtesy call of Mayor Climaco in City Hall.— Vic Larato