Sevilla reshuffles Customs' intel dept

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

MANILA – A major reshuffle took place in the Bureau of Customs’ (BoC) Intelligence Group (IG), the department tasked to conduct surveillance, investigation and apprehension of cases involving violation of customs laws.

Customs Commissioner John Philip Sevilla recently placed retired Brigadier General Alejandro Estomo as acting director of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), after its former chief Fernandino Tuason was transferred to the Customs Policy Research Office based at the Department of Finance (DOF).

Risk Management Office chief Christopher Francisco Bolastig and Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) head Zsae Carrie de Guzman were also reassigned to the Office of the IG Deputy Commissioner.

Among the IG officials covered by Customs Personnel Order (CPO) were Rolando Sacramento (head of the Intelligence Division), Jerry Loresco (Investigation Division), Teddy Sandy Raval (IPRD), Arneth Von Carmen Manquiquis (CIIS-Cebu officer-in-charge), Aris de Guzman (Clark), Al Tomas Albano (Davao), Alexander Atienza (Manila), Mardonia Piedad (Zamboanga), Cesar Benavidez (San Fernando, La Union) and Daniel Torralba (Subic).

Also affected were Rogaciano Ceniza Jr. (Visayas), Ernesto Aguirrechea (Harbor Center), Bienvenido Rubio (Manila International Container Port), Verne Enciso (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), Edgardo Sangil (North Harbor), and Marissa Galang (Cavite - Philippine Economic Zone Authority).

Sevilla said that the move came to strengthen the government’s fight against smuggling and for Customs to collect much needed revenue.

“In the interest of the service and in compliance with CPO B-134-2013 and CPO B-143-3013 and other relevant civil service rules and regulations on reassignments and designations, the personnel complement of the Intelligence Group is hereby published,” Sevilla said.

Meanwhile, Estomo for his part said that as acting CIIS director, their department will focus their attention to help the government collect more revenues by go against the so-called economic saboteurs.

“Under my leadership at the CIIS, we will work harder to help the Customs commissioner to meet revenue target,” he said.

Customs insiders said the reshuffle in the IG-CIIS team is being done to avoid familiarity and closeness with importers and to rid the bureau of its perennial faults, defects and weaknesses.

Among the tasks of the CIIS include the collection, collation and evaluation of data and information on acts of economic sabotage and the conduct of surveillance operations against those involved in smuggling. (Sunnex)

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