THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Port of Subic presented Tuesday, March 13, the top 15 importers who contributed the bulk of the P1.86-billion revenues collected in January and February 2018.

BoC-Subic district collector Fidel Benigno Villanueva IV presented the top importers to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and administrator Wilma Eisma after the flag ceremony today in front of SBMA Administration Building.

Awarded with certificates of appreciation were: PTT Phils. Corp., Cebu Air Inc., Microdragon Petroleum Inc., Masinloc Power Partners, Marubeni Phils. Inc., United Auctioneers Inc., RK3 International Trading, Petron Corp., Murami Subic Trading Corp., Nestle Phils. Inc. Warbucks Industries Corp., Phoenix Petroleum Phils., Fil-Oil Logistics Corp., High- Glory-Subic International, and Era 1 Petroleum Corp.

Named as top brokers for the months of January and February 2018 were Leah Sarvida, Donnalyn Dela Cruz, Danilo Francisco, Neil Jayson Marquez, Harold Biala, James Calunod, Allan Perry Portacio, Romeo Bonol, Alelie Lontoc, Arnold Cruz and Julius Imperio.

Villanueva also gave to SBMA chairperson Eisma a plaque of recognition signed by Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña for her continuous support to the bureau.

Eisma, for her part, expressed her appreciation for the support and help of the Customs bureau in combating smuggling in Subic.

“I really appreciate the support of the Bureau of Customs. I think in addition to the revenue that we [SBMA] and the BoC contribute to the national government, the more important matter is how to combat smuggling of contraband going to the Port of Subic,” Eisma said.

The SBMA official noted that the reputation of Subic is SBMA’s main commodity and not be branded as the smuggling center of the Philippines. “I really appreciate for the support and help that we get from the Bureau of Customs.” (Ric Sapnu)