Customs under Lapeña, recorded historic monthly revenue highs

Customs under Lapeña, recorded historic monthly revenue highs

This is really ironic.

The head of a government bureau was transferred to another post when under his watch the agency recorded its highest monthly collection in its revenue history.

The Bureau of Customs posted a P46.470 Billion collection last November of 2017.

former BOC head Isidro Lapena (photo credit to mb,

Under the able leadership of Commissioner Isidro Lapeña five collection districts of the BOC namely : The ports of Batangas, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Clark and Tacloban — all of which surpasseed their monthly targets, contributing to the record-breaking revenue.

“We have been achieving historical collection figures since September, but the latest November collection is really a milestone for BOC, being the highest in the monthly collection ever achieved by BOC,” BOC Chief  Lapeña said.

“This, despite having only 19 working days (in November). I think we could have surpassed our monthly target if November has the usual number of working days,” he added.
Based on the collected data from the 5 ports in the country namely :
Port of Batangas, with P13.339-billion collection, 18 percent higher against its P11.36-billion revenue target;

Port of Tacloban, with P59-million collection, 177 percent higher against its P21-million revenue target;

Port of Cagayan de Oro, with P1.273-billion collection, 1.1 percent higher against its P1.259-billion revenue target;

Port of Clark, with P149 million collection, 6.6 percent higher against its P140-million revenue target; and

Port of Davao, with P1.56-billion collection, 6.6 percent higher against its P1.464-billion revenue target.
The five ports hit their monthly collection targets, which explains the record breaking numbers.
The record, Lapeña explains can be attributed to the higher collection to the increase in oil prices and the increase in the volume of importation by 7.9 % compared to the previous year’s volume.
The BOC chief also took note of the significant increase in the auction proceeds, which is a non-traditional source of revenue by the bureau.
P62, 515,119.12, was the total proceeds from the auction bringing a significant numbers in the record setting feat.

However, the record breaing collection is still short from the P50 B target the BOC has set from September to December.

“We will all work together para ma-hit natin ‘yung target next year, hindi na natin kaya ngayon (We will work together to hit the target next year; we can no longer do that this year). But we are going to hit it next year. We are going to give government what is due to government,” Lapeña explained.
As per the records of the agency’s monthly collection only reached more or less P35 billion while daily average collection amounted to only P1.8 billion.
September(2017) collection has posted at P41 B while for October(2017) it reached P42B.
“I am really optimistic that by December, the BOC will finally be able to hit, if not surpass its monthly target. Together with all the ports, we are really hoping that we will achieve this,” Lapeña said.

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  1. How about the goods that came in with those collections? Are them legal goods? Inquiring mind wants to know....