BoC posts 35% hike in tax collection under Lapeña

October 03, 2018
Isidro Lapeña

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) under Comm. Isidro Lapeña continues to register impressive gains in its tax collection effort, posting a 35 percent increase last month on a year-on-year basis.

Collection data released yesterday by the bureau’s Financial Service showed that from January to September 30, 2018, the bureau collected P435.964 billion, an increase of 35 percent compared to the P323.824 billion collection for the same period last year.

“This year’s collection from January to September is also up by 1.5 percent versus the collection target of P429.564 for the same period,” the customs chief said in a statement.

For September, Lapeña said his agency also again managed to overshoot its collection target, “for eight consecutive month,” with an actual collection of P52.420 billion, compared to its target of P51.956 billion, or a surplus collection of P464 million.

“I would like to emphasize that the bureau has been consistently hitting and exceeding (its) monthly target since February,” Lapeña said, further noting that last month’s figure is more than 30 percent higher than the P40.260 billion collection for the same period last year.

Despite this, however, bureau spokesperson, Atty. Erastus Sandino Austria, is now in danger of losing his concurrent post as district collector of the Port of Manila, together with Atty. Balmyrson Valdez, the district collector at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and the district collector at the Port of Surigao, Atty. Liza Sebastian.

The collection figures released by the Financial Service also disclosed the 3 ports, out of the bureau’s 17 collection districts, failed to meet their respective targets for September.

The MICP missed its assigned target by 3 percent, registering P15.609 billion against its target of P16.021 billion.

On the other hand, the POM was down by 10 percent, collecting only P7.021 billion from its target of P7.811 billion while the Port of Surigao merely collected P1 million, down by more than 64 percent against its target of P2 million.

In two directives issued early this year by Lapeña after a meeting with all customs collectors aimed at “intensifying” their collection effort, anyone who failed his or her district’s assigned monthly target would be relieved, together with the deputy collector for assessment and the chief of the Assessment (Formal Entry) Division.