DAVAO CITY – Radical changes will have to be implemented in transactions with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to rid the two agencies of corruption.
This was declared yesterday by incoming finance secretary Carlos Dominguez, who said that incoming president Rodrigo Duterte instructed him to clean up the BOC, considered among the most corrupt government agencies.
Both the BOC and the BIR are under the Department of Finance.
“There would have to be changes in the way transactions are taking place in the BOC, and one of these is to make them inside a gym where everything is open and transparent,” Dominguez said.
Dominguez said a system would be put in place to make transactions flow from one section to another.
“What is more important is that transactions would be posted on boards in the gym so people would know where or at what point their transactions have reached,” he said.
Transactions would also be posted on the Internet or wherever possible so that nothing would be hidden in the BOC, he added.
Dominguez explained that such a system in the BOC would be Freedom of Information in motion.
“It is freedom of information not only of past transactions, but what you see here is an actual and ongoing transaction that everybody would know,” he said.