Nicanor Faeldon, Customs Commissioner, tells that the installation of CCTV cameras in his office and the front line offices at Bureau of Customs (BOC) support for the President’s transparency campaign and clean government.
He added that cameras would be available from his office, conference rooms and all rooms inside the Office of the Commissioner, the cameras will be available for public viewing to monitor the said agency.
During the Aquino administration, Rommel Francisco, President of the Port of Manila chapter, Bureau of Customs Employees Association (BoCEA) questioned the installation of CCTV cameras proposed by Francis Escudero together with replacing office desks with glass tables without drawers to prevent under the table transactions.
Francisco says that bribery would be out of the picture if salaries would increase and have decent benefits, he added that the said proposal of Escudero would violate the rights of employees.
The statement of Francisco somehow agrees with the statement of Duterte stating that BOC is one of the most corrupt agencies in the Philippines.
Faeldon added that the installation of CCTV cameras would be soon placed on Manila ports to track BOC employees, and monitored them real-time, He also says that once there is an initiative for an investigation towards corrupt BOC officials they are very willing to cooperate.
The move of Commissioner Faeldon hopes to eliminate corruption inside the Bureau of Customs which at the top list of the most corrupt government agencies together with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) according to President Duterte.
Under Commissioner Faeldon, The BOC is doing necessary steps to regain public trust and be distant from the president’s list when it comes to corrupt government agencies.