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BoC to hire additional 2,800 personnel

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced on Wednesday that it has approved the request of the Bureau of Customs to hire almost 3,000 additional workers to boost its workforce.

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said filling up the vacant positions of BoC will help its revenue collections, which in turn will enhance the country’s global economic competitiveness.

“By filling up vacancies and finding the right talent to fill some very important positions in Customs, the bureau can bring greater momentum to their efforts at reforming itself,” Abad said in a statement.

The BoC may now fill its 2,823 technical and support vacant positions  as requested by the agency in December 2013.

Abad clarified that the additional hiring will not entail additional budget for the BoC as it has sufficient funds under Personnel Services (PS), noting that this will also open opportunity for people to get a job.

“Our growing investments in infrastructure and our efforts at advancing economic expansion is in keeping with our thrust for inclusive growth, as well as our broader strategy for creating more development opportunities in the country.

“As part of our economic development plan, we are steadfast in heeding the call of the people for more job opportunities and sustainable livelihood,” he said.

Among the vacant positions at BOC include accountants, computer maintenance staff, computer programmers, and information technology (IT) officers, statisticians and lawyers, Abad said.

BoC will also be looking for customs collectors, who will be responsible for the assessment and collection of lawful revenues from imported articles and all other dues under the existing tariff and customs laws.