THE Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Davao is off to a good start in 2010 with its collection exceeding the target for January imposed by the bureau’s central office.

Acting BOC district collector for the port of Davao, lawyer Anju Nereo Castigador, said the actual collection was at P248,112,243.35.

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"We were given a target of P184,131,000 for the month of January, but we were able to achieve 35 percent more than that," Castigador told Sun.Star Davao Friday morning.

In 2009, the Port of Davao was one of the few international ports in the country that was able to exceed its annual target.

On the national scale, the BOC failed to meet its target for the year, recording a shortfall of P50 billion.

As early as October 2009, the Port of Davao already surpassed its target of P2.086 billion.

As of December 15, the Port of Davao already collected revenues amounting to P2.781 billion. The Port of Davao projects an excess collection of P841.7 million for 2009.

For the 12-month period, it was the Port of Manila (POM) that led in the biggest shortfall with 33.6 percent or P19.492 billion, accounting for nearly half of the entire BOC deficit for the period.

Port of Limay posted a shortfall of P8.118 billion after collecting only P19.701 billion as against its target of P27.819 billion, while eight more ports likewise incurred a deficit.

The ports that failed to meet its target collection in 2009 are San Fernando, Manila International Container Port, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Tacloban, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Batangas, and Subic. (CPM)