HIGHLIGHT: Customs Commissioner Bert Lina stressed that they will push through with the multi-million peso installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all of its offices nationwide despite criticisms from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) employees union leader Rommel Francisco.
Lina said on Thursday to reporters at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that “that project will proceed… matagal na nilang (BOC employees) alam ‘yan kasi sa past administration sinimulan ‘yan.”
(“That project will proceed… the BOC employees knew about it a long time ago because it was spearheaded by the past administration.”)
The P20-million project is just one of the steps the BOC is taking to eliminate corruption within the bureau. The installation of CCTV cameras is currently ongoing at the BOC head office and in other major ports in Luzon. Ports in Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro will soon follow suit.
Meanwhile, union leader Francisco will face investigation by the BOC Legal Department and Intelligence group following his statement of protest in interviews with the media, where he was quoted as saying “Bakit naman kami tututukan niyan? Subukan kaya nilang taasan ang sweldo namin. Sa tingin ba nila gagawa pa kami ng ganon?”
[“Why would they point those (cameras) to us? Why don’t they try to raise our salaries instead. Would they think we can still do such things?]
The BOC said they will look into Francisco’s statement, whether it qualifies as admission of any sort of illegal activity on his part.