MANILA, Philippines — As of May 31, the Bureau of Customs has cleared greater than eight million doses of vaccines — 5.5 million doses of CoronaVac, 2.556 million doses of AstraZeneca, 193,050 doses of Pfizer, and 80,000 doses of Sputnik V.
Those doses got here in a complete of 15 COVID-19 shipments because the first delivery final Feb. 28.
“The Bureau of Customs’ massive preparation for the expected influx of COVID-19 vaccines is its contribution to the nation’s quest against the COVID-19 pandemic and the immediate recovery of the country’s economy,” the bureau mentioned in a current assertion outlining key achievements in its persevering with program of modernization.
“In fact, prior to the influx of COVID-19 vaccine shipments, the Bureau of Customs increased its efforts in monitoring and ensuring the smooth flow of imported COVID-19 vaccines,” the assertion mentioned.
One key measure is the creation of the Covax Importation Unit, which ensures the speedy processing of COVID-19 vaccine imports. To obtain this, it coordinates with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and different related businesses.
Then there’s the 24/7–Ready One-Stop-Shop on the Port of NAIA to ensure the immediate processing and launch of authorized vaccines.
According to the BOC, this proved profitable on the top of the pandemic final 12 months, because it allowed the fast and systematic launch of imported private protecting tools, medical provides, and different items important within the combat in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bureau mentioned it achieved this whereas all regulated items had the required permits.
Even earlier than the pandemic, nevertheless, the BOC had already began implementing modernization initiatives to automate its operations, which decreased the need for human interactions — a supply of inefficiency and even corruption.
In 2019 alone, the BOC carried out the next eight information know-how systems:
1. Goods Declaration Verification System (GDVS)
This is a queue administration system designed to fight purple tape and promote transparency by means of random task of entries for evaluation to BOC examiners and appraisers. The system additionally permits stakeholders to get real-time updates on the standing of their items declaration.
2. National Value Verification System (NVVS) which was upgraded to Enhanced Value Reference National Value Verification System (e-VRIS) in 2020
The e-VRIS goals to assist the BOC arrange a dependable and complete database of information on the worth and classification of imports for reference in help of the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Valuation System.
3. Alert Order Monitoring System (AOMS)
This system tracks the standing of alert orders and alerted shipments and allow the monitoring of alert standing from issuance till decision.
4. Document Tracking System (DTS)
This system tracks paperwork below processing in numerous workplaces of the BOC.
5. Customer Care Portal System (CCPS)
This system allows stakeholders to electronically lodge and monitor the standing of their inquiries, requests, and issues. It additionally permits online submission of purposes for accreditation, which helps in successfully streamlining customs processes and limiting face-to-face transactions.
6. OCOM Dashboard System
This is an inner one-stop government software that gives real-time updates about BOC operations and a complete view of what’s taking place in all ports nationwide.
7. Balikbayan Box and Parcel Tracking System
This system permits prospects to trace the situation and standing of parcels despatched to them both by air or by sea.
8. Electronic Tracking of Containerized Cargo (E-TRACC)
This permits real-time monitoring of inland actions of containerized cargo utilizing a GPS-enabled monitoring gadget to safe transport to the meant vacation spot.
Other system enhancements in 2019 embody the procurement of a high-performance server, the improve of the fireplace eye system (a firewall), and the implementation of the e2m Stabilization Plan.
‘No contact policy’
During the primary semester of 2020, the bureau lined up packages to introduce new systems and to completely implement a “no contact policy” to reduce alternatives for corruption. This coverage has additionally confirmed helpful in stopping the unfold of the coronavirus.
In February 2020, the BOC additionally inaugurated its first Customer Care Center (CCC), which has been replicated by all ports nationwide.
These facilities proceed to function one-stop-shop for providers comparable to centralized doc receiving and releasing. They even have interactive. information kiosks.
According to the BOC, purchasers and different stakeholders at the moment are utilizing the online systems in processing paperwork whereas the bodily submission of such paperwork is being regulated.
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has lauded the BOC for being one of many first businesses to adjust to its requirement to supply a Citizen’s Charter handbook.
In June 2020, the BOC signed an settlement to arrange an online cost with the Bureau of the Treasury, the Development Bank of the Philippines, and PayMaya Philippines Inc.
These systems purpose to enhance ease of doing enterprise within the BOC by decreasing face-to-face transactions with out compromising its high quality service.
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