Customs chief: No lavish Christmas party

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Monday, December 23, 2013

NEWLY appointed Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner John Sevilla on Monday has ordered a simple Christmas celebration for all the officials and staffs of the bureau.

Sevilla said that Customs employees were allowed to hold parties but were only allotted P500 each for food and they were prohibited to accept financial support from stakeholders.

“All expenses to be incurred in said activity shall be charged against the BOC funds, subject to existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations,” Sevilla said.

BOC officers and employees have been accustomed to holding of lavish parties and luxurious gift-giving within office premises as they celebrate the Yuletide Season.

But with the entry of the former undersecretary of the Department of Finance (DOF), these became a thing of the past as he reportedly rejected the gifts sent to his office and returned it to importers and stakeholders.

Meanwhile, some Customs employees were not totally happy of his decree after he acted as a “party-pooper.”

“Christmas comes only once a year and it is a time of celebration,” said a Customs employee who refused to be identified.

Sevilla even drew comparison from previous BOC commissioners since if he stays on as Customs chief under President Aquino’s term until 2016, Customs employees could get use to austere Christmas.

“Well, if this is part of his policy direction, so be it,” another employee said. (Sunnex)

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