Customs steps up drive vs fake media personnel

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Saturday, January 11, 2014


THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) warned “hao xiao” or bogus members of the media that the agency will strictly implement the "No ID, No Entry" policy for reporters covering the agency.

Charo Logarta, BOC chief of Public Information and Assistance Division (PIAD), said that a memorandum circular was recently issued by Commissioner John Philip Sevilla, reinforcing the “No ID, No Entry” policy for media practitioners to weed out so-called “pseudo journalists" who allegedly protect the interest of smugglers.

The Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) under the supervision of Director Willie Tolentino will implement the policy.

“We recognize the presence of several media organizations here but we have to strictly enforce the rules and regulation before we accredit them,” Logarta said.

Under the Memorandum Order, the bureau wants reporters to pre-arrange with PIAD interviews with officials and employees "to avoid disruption of work."

Loitering of media men within the bureau premises without the necessary access pass from PIAD will also be prohibited.

The agency also came up with a system of accreditation for media men covering the bureau, providing guidelines and procedures to ensure that only legitimate media professionals and organizations are allowed to enter the agency to cover events.

Logarta noted that the PIAD will be responsible for the approval and revocation of accreditation of media practitioners.

To secure accreditation, publications are required to submit to the division a certified true copy of documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), mayor's permit, internal revenue certificate of registration, and by laws and general information sheet.

For reporters and writers, they are required to submit a letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization or publication signed by the publisher or editor-in-chief, internal revenue identification, and two print articles published within the past month and the copy of the publication, among others, while photographers are required to submit original photo published within the past month and a copy of the publication.

Radio and television representatives, on the other hand, are required to submit two recordings of reports broadcast within the past month. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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