News: Senate urged to ratify Kyoto Convention -
03 Feb 2008
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has urged the Senate to ratify the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), saying this would pave the way for a modernized agency.
At the second national summit of the RKC Coalition held last Friday, Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales said pursuing the RKC would enable the bureau to achieve its vision to be among the world’s best customs administrations by 2015.
“I would like to announce that after considering many alternative paths to customs modernization, the Customs leadership identified the RKC pathway to accession, compliance and implementation as the key and primary role towards modernization,” Morales said.
Morales said Customs would be working closely with the Philippine Senate on the process of becoming a contracting party. The BOC, he added, will also have to endeavor to program the principles and the procedures mandated by the RKC into the various information and communications technology systems of the agency and to create new systems where there are none.
The RKC is an improved version of the original agreement of the World Customs Organization. It seeks to simplify and harmonize customs procedures among its members.
At present, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore are also in the ratification process but Morales expressed hopes the Philippines would be ahead of these countries in terms of ratification. He stressed, however, that even before the accession to the RKC, the BOC is already pushing for the passage of a bill that would modernize the agency.
“Although there are amendments made in the 1990s, we think some provisions need amendments to make the BOC more effective,” Morales said.
The BOC, the government’s second largest revenue agency, has been trying to improve its operations to be more efficient. For 2008, the agency has a revenue target to collect P254 billion from a target of P228 billion last year. Its actual collections for 2007 stood at P210 billion. Source:
PhilStar.com, by Iris C. Gonzalez, 3 February 2008